Your physician wants you to have an endoscopy procedure, and you have questions. At Dr. Glenn Madokoro's gastroenterology office in Newport Beach, CA, endoscopy is one of his most reliable--and easy--diagnostic procedures. Read here answers to frequently asked questions about it so you feel fully informed.
What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that introduces a thin, lighted tube down the throat and into the esophagus and upper stomach. Endoscopy gives the Newport Beach GI physician real-time still and video images of your upper gastrointestinal tract. Also, it allows him to take tissue samples for biopsy and to remove growths or galls stones, or to repair ulcers, explains Healthline.
Why do I need one?
Typically, your doctor wants to understand why you are having GI symptoms such as pain, difficulty swallowing, heartburn or other issues. Also, Dr. Madokoro may wish to track your progress on ongoing problems such as Barrett's Esophagus or a hiatal hernia.
How long does the procedure take?
It takes about 30 to 45 minutes.
Does it hurt?
No, it doesn't hurt. You will be sedated and the back of your throat, anesthetized. Patients experience no gagging sensation or pain.
How long will I be in recovery?
Because endoscopy is an outpatient procedure, you'll go home the same day escorted by an adult relative or friend. For the balance of the day, you should take it easy, and avoid driving or operating machinery of any kind. You can return to your normal activities the next day.
When will I get my test results?
After your endoscopy, Dr. Madokoro will visit you in recovery to review his findings. If he took biopsies, you can get your results by contacting our Newport Beach office in about a week.
What is capsule endoscopy?
This high-tech procedure involves swallowing a tiny camera encased in a biocompatible capsule. It resembles a vitamin pill. Until it passes naturally from the body through the GI tract, the capsule sends real-time images to a receiver the patient wears. Then, the doctor views these images in the office. Usually, capsule endoscopy helps with the diagnosis and treatment of problems such as Crohn's Disease or cancer.
Dr. Glenn Madokoro and his team deliver premier gastrointestinal diagnoses and treatments for patients in Newport Beach, CA, area. They are happy to inform their patients on every aspect of their care, including procedures such as endoscopy. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call us at (949) 548-8800.