Endoscopy Unit at Campus Charité Mitte (CCM)
The Endoscopy Unit of the Charité, Campus Charité Mitte, offers all common endoscopic procedures required for the examination and treatment of our patients. Special focuses are:
- Endosonographic diagnostics and therapy of benign and malignant diseases
- Procedures for acute and chronic pancreatitis (cyst drainage, procedures on the pancreatic duct, necrosis removal)
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What should be observed before and after an endoscopic examination?
If you want to sleep during the examination, we offer a superficial anesthesia (sedation). For this purpose, a drug is administered via a vein, which leads to sleep. Your breathing and circulation will be monitored. After such sedation, you will not be able to drive for 24 hours. If inpatient admission is not required, you should be picked up and escorted home.
For all endoscopic examinations, it is necessary that you do not consume any food or liquid in the last 8 hours. An exception can be made in the case of necessary medication. There is nothing to be said against a sip of water in this case. Please discuss the details with your doctor. Even after the examination, a fasting phase may still be necessary. How long this is depends on the procedure.
Certain drugs that inhibit blood clotting should be discontinued before some endoscopic procedures. However, it is essential to discuss whether discontinuation or replacement of a medication is necessary and possible with your attending physician beforehand.
Gastroscopy: What is examined?
During the examination commonly referred to as gastroscopy (technical term: esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy), the esophagus, stomach and duodenum are examined using an endoscope. This instrument transmits video images from the tip of a tube instrument, which is inserted through the mouth. In addition to viewing, tissue samples can also be taken. These are examined microscopically after special processing, so that a result can only be available after several days.
Colonoscopy: What to consider?
As part of a colonoscopy, the entire large intestine is usually examined (technical term: colonoscopy). For many patients, a view into the adjacent small intestine is also possible. The examination is performed through the anus. An unclean colon cannot be adequately assessed. Therefore, the bowel must be cleaned by irrigation solution during preparation. Colonoscopy is often performed as part of preventive care. Polyps that are discovered are removed so that they cannot degenerate. Tissue samples can also be taken as part of this examination. A colonoscopy takes about 20 minutes, which is longer than a gastroscopy. For this reason, most patients have a sedative injection given to them.
Registration for the Endoscopy Unit at Campus Charité Mitte (CCM)
The examination should be registered by the attending physician in the Central Interdisciplinary Endoscopy. This medical consultation is important in order to provide all the necessary information. If there is a need for an examination, you will be informed about the examination itself and the associated risks.
Campus Charité Mitte (CCM)
Site address: Sauerbruchweg 3
Daily registrationst: +49 30 450 514 134 (preferred between 02:00 pm to 03:30 pm)