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What You Should Know About an Endoscopy

Endoscopies offer a minimally invasive way to diagnose conditions and diseases that can affect the upper part of your gastrointestinal endoscopytract. Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist Dr. Glenn Madokoro shares a few reasons that you may need an endoscopy and explains the process.

What is an endoscopy?

Endoscopies are used to view the lining of your upper gastrointestinal tract via a small camera attached to a lighted scope. The camera transmits images to a digital monitor, allowing your gastroenterologist to detect and possibly treat the source of your gastrointestinal issues.

How are endoscopies performed?

Prior to your procedure, you'll receive anesthesia or a sedative. As a result, you probably won't remember anything about the endoscopy. The procedure begins with the insertion of the endoscope into your mouth. The scope is gradually passed through your throat, esophagus, stomach and the upper part of your small intestine. As the camera passes through the tract, your gastroenterologist looks for bleeding, inflammation, lesions or other issues that could cause your symptoms. During the endoscopy, he may take biopsies of the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, cauterize bleeding, remove growths, open strictures or perform other treatments. The entire procedure is usually completed in around 30 minutes.

Why would I need an endoscopy?

Endoscopies are a valuable diagnostic tool that can help your gastroenterologist diagnose a variety of conditions, including gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), blockages, narrowing of the esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), ulcers, celiac disease, esophagitis, gastritis and other diseases and conditions.

You may need an endoscopy periodically if you've already been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disease or condition or if you mention any of these symptoms during your visit to our Newport Beach office:

  • Pain
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing

What is the preparation and recovery process like?

You'll probably be asked not to eat or drink for eight hours before your procedure. After the endoscopy, you will be observed for an hour or two to ensure that you've fully recovered from the sedative or anesthetic. Because the sedative or anesthetic may affect your judgment for the rest of the day, you'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you home. Your throat may feel a little sore for a day, but the pain should be mild and will soon disappear. Your results will be discussed with you immediately after your procedure, although you'll have to wait to receive the results of biopsies.

Do you suffer from pain, heartburn or other gastrointestinal problems? Call Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist Dr. Glenn Madokoro at (949) 548-8800 to schedule an appointment.

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