Procedures

Here at Airedale we have facilities to carry out the following procedures;

Gastroscopy

Also know as oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (OGD). This is an upper gastrointestinal (GI) investigation. A gastroscope is inserted via the mouth to view the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (first section of the small bowel). Patients must not eat or drink (nil by mouth) for at least 4 hours before the procedure to ensure the stomach is empty (however small amounts of water can be taken up to 2 hours before the test). Patients have the option to have this test with either throat spray of sedation.

Colonoscopy

This is lower gastrointestinal (GI) investigation. A colonoscope is inserted via the anus (or stoma) to view the whole of the large bowel. Patients need to have followed a diet plan for 3 days before their appointment, and to have taken bowel preparation (usually citra fleet) the day before their procedure. This procedure is usually done under sedation or with Entonox (gas and air)

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

This is a lower gastrointestinal (GI) investigation. A sigmoidoscope is inserted via the anus (or stoma) to view the left side of the large bowel. Patients need to have followed a diet plan for 3 days before their appointment, and to have taken bowel preparation (usually citra fleet) the day before their procedure or will require a phosphate enema on arrival to the unit. This procedure is usually done without sedation of with Entonox (gas and air)

Flexible Cystoscopy

This is an investigation of the bladder. A cytoscope is inserted via the urethra to view the bladder. A urine sample is required on arrival to the unit. This procedure is done without sedation but with a local anaesthetic gel.

Bromchoscopy

This is an investigation of the lungs. A bronchoscope is inserted via the nostrils or the mouth, down the trachea into the lungs. Patients must not eat or drink (nil by mouth) for at least 4 hours before the procedure (however small amounts of water can be taken up to 2 hours before the test) This procedure is usually done under sedation.

ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Chanlgio Pancreaticgraph)

This is an endoscopy carried out under x-ray guidance in the x-ray department, to look at the bile duct and/or pancreas. The ERCP scope is inserted via the mouth through the oesophagus and stomach to the duodenum (first section of the small bowel). X-ray dye is inserted via the endoscope. Patients must not eat or drink (nil by mouth) for at least 4 hours before the procedure to ensure the stomach is empty. This procedure is usually done under sedation and with local anaesthetic.

PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy)

This involved using a gastroscope to locate the appropriate position in the stomach to site a gastronomy tube. An incision is made into the stomach through the abdominal wall, and the gastroscope is used to pass the tube into the stomach and through the incision. This procedure is performed on patients who are unable to eat and drink. Patients require antibiotic cover 1 hour prior to procedure. This procedure is usually done under sedation and with local anaesthetic.