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The Difference Between Endoscopy vs. Colonoscopy

The Difference Between Endoscopy vs. Colonoscopy

Both colonoscopy and endoscopy are non-surgical procedures performed by a gastroenterologist. They also both use a device known as an endoscope, which has a fine, flexible tube with a light and camera attached. To enable to doctor to view the inside of parts of your digestive tract. Dr. Glenn Madokoro is a gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA. He provides endoscopy and colonoscopy services.

What is an Endoscopy?

Usually, this term refers to an examination of the upper part of your digestive tract. Newport Beach patients who undergo an endoscopy will have an endoscope passed into their mouth and down their throat into their esophagus. This enables the doctor to view the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (upper small intestine). Typically, you will not have to make special preparations for an endoscopy, although your stomach should be empty, so you should not eat or drink anything for six hours prior to the procedure.

What is a Colonoscopy?

During a colonoscopy, an endoscope is passed into your rectum and through to your colon (large intestine). You will need to prepare for a colonoscopy in the following ways:

  • Three days prior to your colonoscopy, you should only eat foods that are low in fiber.
  • This dietary regime should be continued on the second day prior to your procedure.
  • The day before your procedure you should switch to a clear liquid diet.
  • The evening before your procedure you will drink the first half of your prescription laxative drink.
  • On the morning of your procedure, you will drink the second half of your laxative drink.

Both procedures typically take around 20-40 minutes. You will need someone to drive you home after a colonoscopy. If you had any tissue samples removed during wither procedure, your doctor will contact you within 14 days when the results are back from the lab.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a colonoscopy or an endoscopy in Newport Beach, CA, call Dr. Madokoro at (949) 548-8800.

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