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Signs You Need an Endoscopy

Endoscopy ExamHow an Endoscopy from Your Gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, California Can Help You

An endoscopy is a procedure used to diagnose issues occurring in your upper digestive system including your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. It is used to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal problems including gastroesophageal reflux disease, anemia, ulcers, celiac disease, and gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro in Newport Beach, California is an expert in this field and ready to help you and your digestive system stay healthy! Read below to learn more about the wonders of an endoscopy.

Indications That You Need an Endoscopy

There are some definite signs and symptoms you may need an endoscopy including:

  • Ongoing nausea and vomiting
  • Continuous abdominal pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

How To Prepare For an Endoscopy

To have an accurate endoscopic procedure, you need to avoid eating or drinking 4 to 8 hours before your procedure, and if you are taking blood thinning medications or NSAIDS, you need to stop taking them before treatment. Your gastroenterologist may give you a sedative before your procedure to help relax you. For this reason, it’s important to bring someone with you who can drive you home after your endoscopy.

What Happens During Your Procedure

An endoscopy utilizes an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube with an attached camera at the end. The endoscope is inserted into your throat, dilating your esophagus to allow your doctor to better view its structures and access your upper digestive system. During the endoscopy, your doctor can also remove abnormal tissue or polyps for biopsy. Endoscopies are well tolerated, and you may even fall asleep during the procedure.

Intrigued? Call Our Newport Office Today!

If you are experiencing gastrointestinal problems and think you might need an endoscopy, don’t wait. Gastrointestinal issues can become serious and even life-threatening, so call our office today at (949) 548-8800 if you are experiencing any problems!

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