How an endoscopy from your gastroenterologists in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Pembroke Pines, FL, can help you feel better
If you need an endoscopy, it’s only natural to have a few questions about this common procedure. An endoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist, and it can be important in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal conditions.
The gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates provide comprehensive GI services, including upper endoscopy. They have several convenient office locations in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Pembroke Pines, FL, to help you feel better.
These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about endoscopy:
What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy is a procedure that can help provide a diagnosis of conditions related to your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.
When is an endoscopy necessary?
An endoscopy may be indicated if you have:
- Frequent nausea and vomiting
- Chronic stomach or abdominal pain
- Difficulty or pain when you swallow
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
What can an endoscopy help diagnose?
An endoscopy is used to help diagnose:
- Peptic ulcers
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Esophageal inflammation
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Esophageal, stomach, or intestinal cancers
What can I expect during an endoscopy?
A thin, flexible tube known as an endoscope is inserted into your mouth and guided down your esophagus into your upper intestine. The endoscope also contains a camera, which allows your gastroenterologist to view your upper GI structures. Typically, patients are sedated for an endoscopy.
Is there anything I need to do before having an endoscopy?
You should avoid eating or drinking anything at least 4 to 8 hours before your procedure. Don’t take any blood-thinning medications, including NSAIDs before your procedure. Due to sedation, it is important to bring someone with you who can drive you home after your endoscopy.
To find out more about how endoscopy can help you, call the gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates. You can reach them in their offices in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Pembroke Pines, FL, by calling (305) 822-4107, so call today.