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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Endoscopy

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure that is used to assess the interior surfaces of an organ by inserting a tube into the body. The instrument may have a rigid or flexible tube and provides an image for visual inspection and photography. It also enables taking biopsies and retrieval of foreign objects. Endoscopy is the vehicle for minimally invasive surgery.

Endoscopic procedures are used for the treatment of:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia
  • Heartburn
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Pancreatitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ulcers of the stomach and duodenum