You are scheduled for an endoscopic examination at our division.
For some procedures (gastroscopy, ERCP, endosonography) you must be fasting (last food intake the evening before the examination). Other procedures (colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy) require complex preparation (instructions).
Please take the information sheet and (if necessary) the current blood results and the blood group identification card with you to the examinations.
If you are taking anticoagulants, insulin or antibiotics, please discuss the procedure with your physician in good time. Please take your blood pressure medication in the morning before the examination.
After many of the examinations you may go home immediately. If you have been given a "sedative/pain relief injection", you will need to remain in our rest room for 1-3 hours, depending on the medication used. In addition, you will not be allowed to drive a vehicle or sign any contracts for 24 hours after sedation has been administered. If complex procedures are necessary, it is possible that you will be admitted as an inpatient for monitoring purposes. In most cases, this will be planned in advance and discussed with you.
In 6 endoscopy rooms, more than 5,000 diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic examinations and procedures are performed per year. The entire spectrum of today's internationally established diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures is offered.
For gastroscopy and colonoscopy, we can rely on the latest generation of equipment, which offers excellent resolution and thus visualization of pathological changes. This enables better diagnostics and subsequently better interventional therapeutic procedures. Images and videos are digitally archived. We are also up-to-date in terms of equipment for endosonography and ERCP (with cholangioscopy).
In selected cases, diagnostics are supported by cholangioscopy or endomicroscopy, for example. Therapeutically, we have mucosal resection, endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and other complex interventions, such as radiofrequency ablation for Barrett's mucosa (HALO) in the esophagus and Klatskin tumors in the bile duct. Likewise, there is the possibility of flexible splitting of Zenker diverticula, cyst drainage or necrosectomy, to name but a few.
At this point, we would like to point out that the specified examination times often cannot be adhered to exactly. Acute, life-threatening cases must have priority. Likewise, the duration of a colonoscopy, for example, cannot be planned exactly (complex previous operations or polyp removal, ...).
We ask for your understanding.
- Gastroscopies: Polypectomies, PEG, hemostasis (with clips), injection method, thermocoagulation, rubber band ligations, dilations, endoprostheses (esophagus/cardia/jejunum), foreign body removal.
- Colonoscopies: Polypectomies with/without current, hemostasis (with clips), injection methohde, thermocoagulation, dilatioes, mucosal resection, endoprostheses).
- ERCP: cholangioscopies, papillotomy of the choledochal/pancreatic duct, stone extraction (basket, balloon), lithotripsy, drainage probes, endoprostheses, dilatations, cyst or abscess drainage (including targeted EUS), photodynamic therapy
- Endosonographies: in the upper and lower GI tract, EUS-targeted punctures
- Capsule endoscopies