Endoscopic Screening

 
 
 
 
Endoscopic procedures like gastroscopy and colonoscopy are life-saving procedures. They not only reveal the causes of any gastrointestinal symptoms that you might have they may also detect life-threatening conditions early so that you have the opportunity to reverse and cure them.

This is especially so if patients are willing to follow a program of routine screening even when asymptomatic. One example of this is the colorectal cancer prevention program. During the colonoscopy, polyps are frequently found. Some of these polyps are premalignant. Endoscopic removal of these polyps has been scientifically proven to prevent or reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer.

Stomach cancers are caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori which can be detected through gastroscopy and eradicated. Early gastric cancer can be removed via endoscopy and cured.

Endoscopy can save lives and screening has resulted in a huge decline in the incidence of gastrointestinal cancers.
 

Who is ideal for these procedures.


These checks are extremely important even if you feel healthy as they are significant in the early detection of stomach or colorectal cancers which do not show any outward symptoms in the early stages. MOH advises to screen starting from 50yrs and above but checking before is also advisable. Also, for these reasons:

  • Chest Pain
  • Burning in their chest area
  • Severe and persistent abdominal pain
  • Vomiting (Especially if there is blood seen)
  • Bloody or black coloured stool
  • If a polyp is found
  • Your doctor is advising you to check

 

FAQ


- FAQ 1: Why do I need to check?
  • Endoscopy is the best way for you to find out what is wrong with your gastrointestinal tract
  • Without an accurate diagnosis it is difficult to treat your condition.
  • We may also discover some unexpected problem which is treatable

- FAQ 2: What are the symptoms that would require endoscopic screening?
  • Abdominal Pain, bleeding, abdominal discomfort, reflux symptoms, Constipation, diarrhoea. Change in bowel habits, cancer surveillance, gastric pain etc

- FAQ 3: How long does the procedure take?
  • Gastroscopy takes 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Colonoscopy takes from 15 minutes to half an hour

- FAQ 4: Do I need to starve beforehand?
  • Instructions will be given by doctor or nurse before the procedure to prepare you for the procedure. However, skipping a meal before the procedure is usually required.

- FAQ 5: Is this procedure supported by insurance?
  • This is subject to indidivual insurance policy and terms, however, endoscopic screening is usually covered by Insurance

- FAQ 6: What is the process in ASG for this procedure?
  • 1. Book a consultation with ASG clinic
  • 2. If endoscopic screening is necessary, necessary preparations and instructions will be given before the procedure
  • 3. After the procedure, a report will be furnished detailing the result and a consult to determine the next course of action