Endoscopic biopsy. Endoscopic biopsies are used to reach tissue inside the body in order to gather samples from places like the bladder, colon, or lung. During this procedure, your doctor uses a flexible thin tube called an endoscope. The endoscope has a tiny camera and a light at the end.
The endoscope is inserted down your throat (gastroscope) or anus (colonoscopy), depending on where the biopsy is required. A sample is collected by the surgeon with a small forceps tool attached to the endoscope while they are looking at the target site.
There are different preparations for each. Gastroscopes usually require not consuming food or drink after midnight on the day of the procedure. Colonoscopies require preparation of clearing the colon and bowel with laxatives 1 to two days prior to the procedure. An R/X or recommended laxative preparation is given to you by the specialist prior to the procedure. Again no food or drink is allowed until after the procedure.
You are given sedation prior to either procedure, and held in recovery afterward. The pathology report takes a week or two, but many times the surgeon will give you a verbal gist of what he or she saw during the endoscope.
ACH2015 Thank you Andy!!!
I got the call yesterday that my biopsy will be done on Feb 20th. I had a colonoscopy done in November, so thankfully I have a little bit of experience. This preparation seems a little less intense. lol.