OGDS & Colonoscopy
OGDS or Endoscopy is an examination of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract to the duodenum and large bowel and the distal part of the small bowel. It is a procedure that uses a lighted, flexible endoscope to examine the inside of the stomach and colon. It is commonly used to diagnose conditions such as ulcers, cancer and internal bleeding in the stomach and colon.
Colonoscopy is a test that allows the doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). A colonoscopy can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers and abnormal growths. The procedure is used to look for early signs of colorectal cancer and can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, and weight loss.
At what age should routine colonoscopy begin?
Routine colonoscopy to look for early signs of cancer should begin at age 50 for most people—earlier if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, or other risk factors. The doctor can advise patients about how often to get a colonoscopy.
How to Prepare for Colonoscopy?
The doctor usually provides written instructions about how to prepare for colonoscopy. The process is called bowel prep. Generally, all solids must be emptied from the gastrointestinal tract before the procedure. Patients should not drink beverages containing red or purple dye a day before the procedure. Iron supplements should be discontinued 2 weeks before the procedure.
Patients should inform the doctor of all medical conditions and any medications, vitamins, or supplements taken regularly, including
DOCTOR IN CHARGE
Dr Retnarasa A/L Annarasa
Consultant General Surgeon
MBBS (Mangalore) FRCS (Edinburgh)
Dr G.C. George
Consultant Bariatric Surgeon
MBBS (UM), M.MED (UM)