Oesophagoscopy

A technique for examining the esophagus. The viewinginstrument, the oesophagoscope, consists of a long, flexible tube fitted with an eyepiece, lenses, and its own fiberoptic light source which illuminates the field of vision. Esophagoscopy is of two types rigid oesophagoscopy and flexible oesophagoscopy. Flexible oesophagoscopy can be performed under local anaesthesia and rigid oesgoscopy is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure may formpart of an endoscopic examination of the upper airway and digestive tract, known aspanendoscopy. Inspection by esophagoscopy is indicated for dysphagia (difficulty inswallowing), by a foreign object lodgedin the esophagus that can be seen and removed by means of the scope. Or, the esophagoscope canbe used to obtain a biopsy (tissue sample) of a benign ormalignant growth. Risks include perforation, bleedingand infection..

What is oesophagosopy?

This is procedure in which oesophagoscpe is passed through oral cavity to examine oesophagus.

Why is oesophagoscopy performed?

The procedure is performed to remove foreign bodies lodged in oesophagus, in patients complaining of dysphagia or to take biopsies in case of malignancy.

How doI prepare for procedure?

Patient will need to starving for at least 6-8 hrs before the procedure.

Can I eat normally after procedure?

In case of foreign bodies removal you can start with liquid diet and then can shift to soft diet.

What are the risk of procedure?

There can be risk like perforation, bleeding.

How long I need to stay in hospital?

Flexible oesophagoscopy can be performed under local anaesthesia, so it can be performed on OPD basis and rigid oesgoscopy is performed under general anaesthesia so patient will have to stay in hospital for 1 day for observation.