Dr Matthew Lewis MSc MD FRCP Consultant Gastroenterologist in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield
Endoscopies Any endoscopic procedures that are required will be performed by Dr Lewis, who will discuss them in detail before proceeding. He will often be able to tell you the results immediately, although it may take up to two weeks for the results of biopsies. OGD/Gastroscopy An OGD (‘gastroscopy’) examines the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. The endoscope is passed through the mouth. Usually, the procedure is carried out after numbing the back of the throat with spray, or under intravenous sedation. Colonoscopy This test involves passing the endoscope through the back passage. A colonoscopy examines the whole colon (large intestine, or bowel) and is normally carried out under intravenous sedation. Bowel preparation is required with laxatives beforehand. A flexible sigmoidoscopy examines only the lower part of the colon. ERCP An ERCP is an endoscopic test of the bile duct and, occasionally, the pancreatic duct which is carried by passing the scope through the mouth. This test is usually performed under intravenous sedation.