Endoscopy is a quick and normally safe nonsurgical procedure that allows your Doctor to look inside your digestive tract. By using an endoscope, with a tiny camera attached, your General Surgeon or Endoscopist moves it through your digestive tract and take images of the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine watching all these on a screen. Also, the scopes are used for surgery, like removing polyps from the colon.
This procedure usually is an ambulatory procedure so an overnight stay in the hospital is rarely necessary.
The General Surgeon or Endoscopist will review the medical history, questions related to your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history, and if you are taking any medication.
The preparation varies according to the type of Endoscopy. Follow all the General Surgeon or Endoscopist recommendations; you must fast prior to the Endoscopy, do not eat any food or drink for 6 to 8 hours before the procedure.
The duration of the Endoscopy will depend on the type of it; these procedures can cause pain or discomfort. Depending on the type of Endoscopy, it is performed after the doctor administers pain relievers or sedatives.
You will be taken to the recovery room where you can stay for a couple of hours, and the doctor will be able to monitor and review your symptoms, while the effect of the anesthesia passes.
You may have some symptoms such as:
Stomach upset, gas, colic
¿Why Do I Need an Endoscopy?
Doctors will usually recommend Endoscopy to evaluate:
Ulcers, Gastritis, or trouble swallowing
Digestive tract bleeding
Changes in bowel habits
Unintentional weight loss
Having heartburn or indigestion frequently
Endoscopy also used to manage a digestive tract problem. Such as to stop the bleeding of an ulcer, to remove polyps and prevent the Colon Cancer, to clean the bile ducts, and more.
Make your appointment with the doctor to present any of the symptoms mentioned or to notice another abnormal symptom.
When consulting your doctor, try to record your pain with a detailed description of the symptoms, duration, and what you think triggered them. Also, mention any medications you are taking.
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