An endoscopy is a simple, outpatient medical procedure that allows a gastroenterologist to view the inside of your upper digestive system using a scope. It is relatively quick and followed by only minor discomfort.
If you are experiencing internal pain, nausea, unintended weight loss or other abdominal issues, an endoscopy could help pinpoint the source of the problem. In addition, it is more accurate than X-rays in diagnosing upper digestive system problems, because it allows for a detailed and direct view from your mouth to the duodenum (the upper segment of your small intestine).
What Endoscopies Can Detect
At Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center, we perform endoscopies for various reasons, including stomach pain, difficulty swallowing, ulcers, unexplained bleeding, constipation and other digestive tract issues. In addition, it can help us diagnose and treat diseases and gastrointestinal disorders like cancer, GERD, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.
Today’s high-tech scope allows our digestive tract specialist to view inside the esophagus (the tube where food travels from your mouth to stomach), stomach (the organ that holds food and begins the digestion process) and duodenum. In addition, the endoscopy can aid in surgery and allows for biopsies.
What to Expect Before the Endoscopy, During and After
Before: You can only consume clear liquids (water) during the eight hours before the procedure. You cannot eat any food or medications that affect blood clotting or thin blood (aspirin) and vitamin supplements. We need a clear view of the digestive tract, so your stomach needs to be empty.
During: To help you relax and sleep, we will give you a sedative and pain reliever. Then, our gastroenterologist will insert an endoscope (a flexible tube with a camera at the end) into your mouth, then down your esophagus and into your stomach and duodenum.
There is also another method, called a capsule endoscopy, in which you swallow an image-transmitting capsule that leaves your body when you use the bathroom.
After: We will discuss our observations after the procedure. If biopsies are taken, we will send you the results when they are ready.
An endoscopy is relatively fast (about half an hour), and you will be able to go home the same day. However, someone should drive you home because you will be drowsy from the anesthesia and sedative. While the procedure could be uncomfortable, and you may feel a sore throat, bloating or nausea afterward, you should not feel pain. All the side effects wear off within 24 hours.
Schedule Your Endoscopy with Dr. Steven Batash
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Batash of Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center if you seek an experienced gastroenterologist. We work hard to make you feel comfortable during our services and help you achieve optimal health.
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