Maha: For the first time ever in medical history, doctor performs endoscopy upon himself

For the first time in India, a doctor from Nanded district in Maharashtra has performed an endoscopy upon himself. He performed this procedure in order to understand the pain that a patient goes through while they undergo an endoscopy


In Nanded, Dr Nitin Joshi, a doctor has made a new record in medical field. Dr Nitin Joshi has done endoscopy of more than seven thousand patients till date.

“For this procedure many a times, patients are partly anaesthetised or are not anaesthetised at all. These days the instruments with which we perform the procedure have vastly improved, but earlier, they used to cause a lot of pain to the patient undergoing the treatment. These days when also the procedure is painful to the patient,” said Dr Nitin.

An endoscopy is used in medicine to look inside the body. The procedure uses an endoscope to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body.

There are many types of endoscopes. Depending on the site in the body and type of procedure an endoscopy may be performed either by a doctor or a surgeon. Most often the term ‘endoscopy’ is used to refer to an examination of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract.

“When I have experimented the procedure on myself it is easier for me know what patient go through. It is also easy to counsel patients especially from rural areas on what the procedure is,” said Dr Nitin, while mentioning the motive behind undertaking such a procedure.

He has performed around 10,000 endoscopic procedures in his career. “I think after performing this procedure on myself, I can be a better doctor with a greater understanding of the procedure. It is not good that the societal view of doctors has suffered in the recent past. I want to underline that there are doctors who decide to perform the procedure on oneself to perform it in a correct manner.”