How can I best prepare for a successful endoscopy?

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Dr Quan Wai Leong

"A specialist in Digestive Health and Advanced Endoscopy"

I am sorry to hear that. Failure in completing any endoscopic procedure may be due to unavoidable reasons such as anatomical changes after a surgery, narrowing of the intestinal lumen due to scarring or tumour growth, or other medical reasons when patient’s health may be at risk during the procedure.

Rarely, patients with especially sensitive intestines may not be able to tolerate the discomfort or bloating and the procedure may have to be postponed to another day with an anaesthetist to provide support for deeper sedation.

Putting the above reasons aside, one may be able to avoid repeating the procedure by adhering to the pre-procedure advice given by his or her doctor and to clarify any doubts they have before the procedure.

Some common problems resulting in a repeat procedure include failure to fast for the required time, unable to complete the bowel preparation given or failure to stop certain medicine your doctor requested you to do so before the procedure. So please go through the instructions carefully with your doctor before the procedure.

In addition to the above, the procedure may have to be repeated because of high risk findings in the specimen taken or unexpected discovery during the index endoscopy such that the procedure cannot be completed at one go.

Do speak with your endoscopist about your concerns so that he or she can advise you on the most appropriate way to avoid repeating the procedure unnecessarily.

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