Endoscopes are delicate pieces of equipment designed to help doctors and surgeons perform various diagnostic assessments and minimally invasive procedures. These lighted instruments are susceptible to use-related wear and other types of damage. If you need your endoscope repaired, rest assured that repairs typically involve an assessment of all key components in various sections, like the ones discussed below, by a trained technician to determine what needs to be repaired or replaced.
Light Guide Connector
The light guide connector is the part of the scope that allows light to enter the scope when it’s being used. In some instances, a repair technician may simply need to clean or adjust the light lens. More series repairs may involve removing dents or replacing a cracked lens or the entire light post.
This is the part that connects the light guide connector to the control section. There are many key components housed in the universal cord’s hollow tubing that may require attention from a repair technician. These parts, including the fiber optic light bundle, can be repaired or replaced, if necessary. Dents can also be removed to protect the cord’s internal components.
On flexible endoscopes, the control handle is susceptible to damage since this is the part doctors manipulate during procedures. The most common repair performed on this part of an endoscope involves its ability to be angled as needed in certain directions. Angulation dials and cables may also need to be repaired. The suction and air/water ports are also prone to wear or damage.
As is the case with the universal cord, the insertion tube has many internal parts that may be damaged from repeated used during various endoscopic procedures. A repair technician may need to flush or clean the channel or remove dents. Over time, the forcep/biopsy channel may also become worn or damaged. Additionally, normal wear or physical trauma may affect video wires or the image bundle.
Despite being the smallest part of an endoscope, the bending section has the highest risk of damage because of its location by the epoxy band that secures the bending rubber. Repairs to this section may involve fixing or replacing the angulation collar or the bending mesh and replacement of a cracked or chipped distal cap.
As for how long it will take an endoscope repair technician to complete the job, it depends on what specific section is affected and the extent of the damage or wear. Minor repairs like dent removal or component adjustments can usually be completed in a day or two. Major repairs like the replacement of metal mesh or light bundles may take a few weeks to complete.