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By Digestive Medicine Associates
January 13, 2021
Category: GI Procedure
Tags: Endoscopy  

Endoscopy is a type of medical procedure that is used to visually examine the insides of your body. It utilizes an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a small camera at the end to enable your doctor to check your internal organs. Here at Digestive Medicine Associates in our Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines and Miami, FL, locations your doctor may suggest an endoscopy if you’re experiencing:

  • Gastritis
  • Digestive tract bleeding
  • Ulcers
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stomach pain
  • Polyps or abnormal growths in your colon
  • Difference in regular bowel habits (diarrhea or chronic constipation)

Common Types of Endoscopy Procedures

An endoscopy can be done in various parts of the body. Different types of endoscopic procedures include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy. This type of procedure involves the examination of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which consists of the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine. An upper GI endoscopy is usually advised if you are experiencing stomach pain, chronic heartburn, gastrointestinal bleeding, difficulty in swallowing, and unintended, sudden weight loss.
  • This procedure is utilized to spot any abnormalities or differences in your large intestine (colon and rectum). In many cases, a colonoscopy may be advised if you are over the age of 50 for routine colon cancer screenings.
  • This is a diagnostic procedure used to examine the abdomen or pelvis. It is minimally invasive since only minute incisions are made. A laparoscopy could likewise be performed for gall bladder removal, hysterectomy, and some weight loss procedures.

What to Expect When Preparing for an Endoscopy

For most types of endoscopic procedures, your doctor may instruct you to not consume any solid foods 12 hours prior to the procedure. Certain kinds of clear drinks, however, can be consumed two hours before the procedure.

On the evening before the procedure, your doctor may provide you with enemas or laxatives to cleanse your system. This type of preparatory action is often used for endoscopic procedures that include the anus and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Ahead of the endoscopy, your doctor will perform a physical examination and check your full medical history as well.

Talk to Us to Learn More About Endoscopy

Book an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines and Miami, FL, by calling (305) 822-4107.

By Digestive Medicine Associates
June 19, 2020
Category: GI Procedure
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Find out when a colonoscopy is performed and how it can protect against colorectal cancer.

Chances are you’ve heard about colonoscopies. After all, it’s a common procedure that is most often performed on older adults to screen for colorectal cancer. It’s the number one tool that our Miami gastroenterologists have at their disposal to be able to catch colorectal issues early on. Here are the top reasons why you may need a colonoscopy,

You just turned 50

Happy Birthday to you! One present you probably didn’t expect to get was a routine colonoscopy. While it probably won’t be the most exciting present that you receive it may be one of the most valuable. After all, a colonoscopy can detect colorectal cancer early and also remove colon polyps to prevent colorectal cancer. Since the risk for colorectal cancer increases with age it’s important that men and women start seeing their Miami GI doctor at least once every 10 years for a routine colonoscopy.

You have a family history of colorectal cancer

If you have a family history of colorectal cancer then you may want to speak with your doctor about whether or not you should start getting screened before 50 years old. Since colorectal cancer has genetic risk factors it’s important that you get screened as soon as possible. It’s recommended that you get your first screening about 10 years before your family member was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, but speak with your doctor to find out when to start getting tested.

You have symptoms of colorectal cancer

While many of the symptoms associated with colorectal cancer are often caused by other less worrisome problems it’s still important for our doctor to be able to find out right away what’s causing your symptoms. You should come in for an evaluation if you are experiencing these symptoms,

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stools
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bowel changes
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Fatigue

Most people won’t experience symptoms until the later stages of colorectal cancer, which is why screenings are still important even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms.

You are dealing with stomach problems

Dealing with persistent diarrhea? Experiencing painful stomach cramps that don’t seem to be going away? If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms for days or even weeks at a time it’s important that you see a gastroenterologist here in Miami who can determine whether a colonoscopy may help with a diagnosis. Along with colon polyps, colonoscopies can be used to detect intestinal bleeding, ulcers, inflammation within the lining and other problems that could be to blame.

If you are experiencing unusual GI symptoms, know that you can see one of our gastroenterologists in person or through a simple telehealth visit. We have offices in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines and Miami, FL. If you need to schedule a routine colonoscopy with us, then call Digestive Medicine Associates at (305) 822-4107.

By Digestive Medicine Associates
March 05, 2019
Category: GI Procedure
Tags: Endoscopy  

Do you need an endoscopy? If you're suffering from a digestive problem, your gastroenterologist may recommend an endoscopy. An Endoscopyendoscopy is a medical procedure used to examine a person's gastrointestinal tract. The doctor uses an endoscope, which is a thin tube with a camera and light attached to it, to view photos of your gastrointestinal tract on a monitor or TV. Here are 5 benefits of endoscopy.

1. It allows doctors to make a diagnosis.

An endoscopy is used to diagnose conditions that affect the digestive system. Endoscopy can help identify ulcers, bleeding, celiac disease, blockages, inflammation, and tumors. It can help find the cause of unexplained symptoms, such as heartburn, abdonimal pain, bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and pain. An endoscopy is more accurate than gastrointestinal X-rays for detecting abnormal growths such as cancer.

2. An endoscopy is used to treat conditions.

Endoscopy is used to treat digestive tract problems. If certain disorders are found during the procedure, it's often possible to treat them at the same time. Your gastroenterologist can pass special tools through the endoscope to treat problems in the patient's digestive system, such as removing a foreign object, widening a narrow esophagus, or clipping off a polyp.

3. An endoscopy is a safe procedure.

An endoscopy is a safe procedure. It's considered one of the safest medical procedures and carries a low level of risk. Rare complications include problems with sedation, bleeding, infection, and perforation, though these complications are generally associated with pre-existing conditions.

4. An endoscopy is a quick procedure.

An endoscopy is a quick procedure. An upper endoscopy takes about 20 minutes. You will be awake during the procedure, but you will take medication to relax you (a sedative) before the test. You will remain in the recovery area 30 to 40 minutes after the procedure. Someone will have to drive you home afterward.

5. An endoscopy isn't usually painful.

An endoscopy is nothing to fear. The procedure is not usually painful, and most patients only experience mild discomfort, similar to a sore throat or indigestion. You may be given local anesthesia to numb a specific area of your body. It is safe to take acetaminophen for the minor discomfort after the procedure.

If you need an endoscopy, why wait? We can help you today! Call Digestive Medicine Associates at (305) 822-4107 today to make an appointment in one of our offices- Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Pembroke Pines, FL. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Digestive Medicine Associates!