Endoscopy

Day Surgery and Endoscopy Services

The Prince Albert Co-operative Health Centre provides surgical space for our existing physicians on staff plus eight visiting specialists/surgeons who use the Health Centre for the provision of health services.   Endoscopy and other minor surgery procedures are performed at our location as an alternative site to supplement the surgical space in Prince Albert.  This is convenient for Prince Albert and northern area residents as a closer proximity to these important services.

Endoscopy

What it is

Endoscopy includes the procedures for examination of a person’s digestive tract, both upper and lower.  Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and a tiny camera attached to it, a surgeon views the digestive tract live on a color TV monitor for diagnostic and treatment purposes.  Our visiting surgeons do this procedure for the esophagus, stomach, and colon.

Types of endoscopy

The most common types of endoscopy are listed below. Doctors performing endoscopy go through extensive training to learn these procedures. Also, they participate in continuing education to learn about new developments in technology.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is the examination of the large intestinal lining with an endoscope.  This procedure is performed under conscious sedation.  Medications are given intravenously.

Gastroscopy

A minimally invasive medical procedure in which an endoscope is inserted into the mouth through the esophagus, into the stomach and up to the first portion of the small bowel (duodenum).

Preparing for your procedure  

You will be given bowel preparation instructions by your surgeon.  If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure or your “prep”, contact your surgeon’s office.  It is very important to clarify with your surgeon if and when to stop taking any medications prior to your procedure.

Going Home

Patients are required to have an escort to drive them home following the procedure as the medication provided does classify them as legally impaired for 12 hours following the scope.