By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
December 26, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Endoscopy  

How an endoscopy from your gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, can protect your health

An endoscopy is a simple procedure that can very effectively protect your health. When you undergo an endoscopy, it helps your gastroenterologist detect any serious medical conditions affecting your upper digestive system. Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA, offers a wide range of gastroenterology services, including endoscopies, to help keep you healthy.

More about endoscopy

To perform an endoscopy, we use an endoscope, which is an ultra-thin catheter with a camera attached to one end. The endoscope is inserted in your mouth and guided down into your esophagus, down to your duodenum and stomach. The camera allows your gastroenterologist to view the tissue of your upper digestive system, looking for any abnormalities, such as growths and irritated tissue.

Endoscopy treatment is very effective at diagnosing gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, ulcers, anemia, gastrointestinal cancers, and celiac disease. During an endoscopy, it is also possible for your gastroenterologist to take a tissue sample for biopsy in order to confirm an exact diagnosis. Endoscopies provide an opportunity for early diagnosis, which can lead to early treatment to get you back to health faster, and with a better outcome.

You may need an endoscopy if you experience any of these signs and symptoms:

  • Continuous, chronic abdominal pain
  • Recurrent diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting
  • Problems swallowing or chronic hoarseness
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

An endoscopy is performed on an outpatient basis. You will be sedated before the procedure to help you relax, and so you must bring someone with you to drive you home afterward. Avoid taking any blood-thinning medications or NSAIDS before treatment and don’t eat or drink anything from 4 to 8 hours before your procedure.

Contact us

Endoscopies are an easy, comfortable way to protect your health. They are a vital diagnostic tool to help your gastroenterologist give you the most accurate diagnosis and determine treatment. To learn more about endoscopies and how they can help you, call Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA, today at (949) 548-8800.

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