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By Digestive Medicine Associates
November 21, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Endoscopy  

There are many reasons why your gastroenterologist may recommend getting an endoscopy. An endoscopy is a simple diagnostic procedure that allows our doctor to be able to examine the lining and walls of the entire GI tract, from the esophagus and stomach to the intestines and the rectum. Our gastroenterologist focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the stomach, intestines, and colon. Through a simple endoscopy we can diagnose a wide range of health problems and even treat some of them, too.

What is an endoscopy?

An endoscopy uses a thin, flexible tube known as an endoscope that is inserted either into the throat or rectum and guided through the body to check the lining of the intestinal tract. An endoscope has a camera at the end of it, which allows our gastrointestinal doctor to be able view the lining and look for lesions, bleeds, and other problems.

A common type of endoscopy is a colonoscopy, which allows us to be able to examine the colon and rectum to detect colon polyps and other signs of colorectal cancer in patients over 50 years old (as well as patients at a higher risk for colorectal cancer).

What can an endoscopy find?

Our gastroenterologist and his team will use an endoscope to look for both benign and precancerous polyps that often develop within the colon and rectum. We will examine the lining of the intestinal tract to look for other growths and cancerous tumors. An upper endoscopy can also be used to detect certain digestive problems.

Your gastroenterologist may recommend that you get an endoscopy if you are dealing with:

  • Unexplained abdominal pain
  • Persistent bowel changes (diarrhea; constipation)
  • Chronic heartburn or chest pain
  • Signs of an intestinal bleed or blockage
  • Blood in the stool
  • A family history of colon cancer
  • A personal history of colon polyps

Even if everything is fine, both men and women should get routine colonoscopies by the time they turn 50 years old. Those at an increased risk for colon cancer will want to talk with their gastroenterologist about getting screened sooner. A colonoscopy is the most effective tool that we have at our disposal for the early detection of colorectal cancer. If colon polyps are detected during a routine colonoscopy we can also remove them immediately.

If you’ve been told that you need an endoscopy or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above it’s important that you don’t put off treatment. Call a gastroenterologist today to schedule a comprehensive consultation.

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!

By Digestive Medicine Associates
August 21, 2018
Category: GI Care
Tags: Endoscopy  

If you have digestive problems, you know just how frustrating a condition this can be. Getting to the bottom of your digestion issues is keydigestive issues to treating the underlying issues to ensure that you get back on your feet and your digestive problems are under control. One way to investigate digestive problems is with a non-invasive procedure called endoscopy. Find out more about endoscopy with Digestive Medicine Associates with locations in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Miami, FL.

What is endoscopy? 
Endoscopy is a medical procedure which examines a person’s digestive tract. An upper endoscopy enters through the endoscope, a long, thin tube, is passed through the mouth and down the esophagus into the upper GI tract. A camera on the end of the endoscope allows your doctor to visually inspect the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine. A lower endoscopy enters the body through the rectum into the large intestine and examines the lower GI tract. This is called a colonoscopy and is often used to detect pre-cancerous or cancerous polyps.

Why do I need an endoscopy? 
Endoscopy investigates the symptoms of digestive problems or takes a biopsy of tissue. Some of the common reasons your doctor may suggest an endoscopy are:

  • stomach pain
  • bleeding in the digestive tract
  • changes in bowel movements or habits
  • ulcers
  • polyps
  • growths in colon
  • gastritis
  • difficulty swallowing

Endoscopy in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Miami
If your doctor recommends an endoscopy, you will need to prepare your stomach for the procedure beforehand. An upper endoscopy requires simply fasting before the procedure while a colonoscopy requires a series of laxatives. Your doctor will provide a sedative to help you relax and put you in a light sleep. In some situations, a general anesthesia puts patients completely to sleep during their procedure.

For more information on endoscopy, please contact your gastroenterologist at Digestive Medicine Associates with locations in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Miami, FL. Call (305) 822-4107 to schedule your appointment at any of the four Florida locations today!

By Digestive Medicine Associates
January 02, 2018
Category: GI Care
Tags: Endoscopy  

Gastroenterologists are concerned with conditions that affect the stomach, intestinal tract, colon and other organs involved in digestion and waste elimination. These conditions include certain types of cancer, biliary tract disease, ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The test that checks for these potential health issues is called an endoscopy. There are several different endoscopic procedures that allow your doctor to check the digestive system, including a colonoscopy, enteroscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Find out more about getting an endoscopy and whether it’s time for you to have this test.

What Is an Endoscopy?
During an endoscopy, a long tube is inserted into an orifice (usually the mouth or anus) to look at the organs of the body. The tube, called an endoscope, has a camera that allows your doctor to view the targeted area. In the case of a colonoscopy, the endoscope is inserted into the rectum and provides a visual of your colon and intestines. An enteroscopy views the small intestine and an upper GI endoscopy looks at the parts of your upper intestinal tract, including the esophagus.

What Does an Endoscopy Detect?
An endoscopy can detect polyps (benign and precancerous) as well as cancerous tumors. It can also identify the presence of ulcers, inflammation and other damage to the wall of the intestines or stomach. An upper GI endoscopy can determine the cause of heartburn, chest pain and problems swallowing your food. In some cases, polyps or objects can be removed during the procedure or tissue samples may be taken. A stent can also be inserted in restricted areas of the stomach, esophagus or intestinal tract.

Do You Need this Test?
Here are a few indications that you should see your gastroenterologist soon for an endoscopy:

  • You have intense pain in the abdomen or have been diagnosed with digestive problems
  • You have severe acid reflux or chronic heartburn
  • You feel as if there is some type of blockage in your intestinal tract (such as long-term constipation)
  • There’s blood in the stool
  • There’s a family history of colon cancer
  • You’re over the age of 50

See Your Gastroenterologist
An endoscopy is not a test that you want to delay long if you’re concerned about your stomach, colon and digestive health. Call a gastroenterologist in your area to schedule an initial consultation and exam today.