Minimal Surgery Center
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Audio Presentation

Endoscopy

of Large Intestine


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This information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. MedSelfEd, Inc. disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

Because endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure, there are very few alternatives.
Because endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure, there are very few alternatives.
In many cases, patients are given a barium x-ray as a preliminary diagnostic procedure,
In many cases, patients are given a barium x-ray as a preliminary diagnostic procedure,
but because an x-ray does not allow your doctor to see directly into your body, there is a chance that an x-ray won't be able to reveal the true nature of your medical problem.
but because an x-ray does not allow your doctor to see directly into your body, there is a chance that an x-ray won't be able to reveal the true nature of your medical problem.
During the procedure, your doctor will be on the lookout for unusual lumps or growths.
During the procedure, your doctor will be on the lookout for unusual lumps or growths.
With the endoscope, small tissue samples can be easily removed for laboratory analysis.
With the endoscope, small tissue samples can be easily removed for laboratory analysis.

Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.


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