Therapeutic Endoscopy

A Therapeutic Endoscopy is a procedure in which treatment to the patient is carried out with an endoscope. This is different from a diagnostic endoscopy where the aim of this procedure is to visualise a patients condition to examine the cause of their problems.

The modified endoscopes have surgical instruments attached to them which will allow the scope to carry out different kinds of surgery.

There are many reasons as to why a patient may opt for a therapeutic endoscopy for example they may be used for:

  • Removing gall, bladder or kidney stones
  • Repair inside joints in the body that have been damaged
  • Placing a stent in a patients area that is narrowed or blocked
  • Repair a bleeding stomach ulcer that is bleeding 
  • Remove small tumours found in the lungs or the digestive system
  • Remove non-cancerous growths that have developed in the womb

At the Royal Free Hadley Wood our consultants are professionally trained with many years experience therefore can offer the most appropriate advice to our patients and tailor each service to their needs.


The procedure will take around 30 minutes. You will be given a local anaesthetic to help you relax, a sedative may be provided also if needs be meaning you will be completely numb, your teeth can be protected with a mouth gaurd during your procedure also.

The Endoscope will be placed down the back of your throat down into the stomach and into your duodenum, this will allow your consultant to treat the problems within your organs. The procedure will not interfere with your breathing however you may experience a retching feeling for a part of it.

Once this is done your consultant will be able to perform biopsies and commence treatment. Once this is complete the endoscope will be gently removed.


If a sedative was provided this should wear off in an hour, you may feel a little bloated also but this should only last an hour or so. After the local anaesthetic has worn off you should be able to eat and drink normally.

If you develop a sore throat or dry mouth you are advised to gargle salt water and throat lozengers to ease the symptoms.