If you’re having gastrointestinal problems like vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain, an upper endoscopy exam can help provide answers. Dr. Maher Almoudarres is an experienced gastroenterologist serving the Brooklyn community of New York City, providing diagnostic exams such as endoscopies. Call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online today to learn more about how he can help your digestive problems.
Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that uses a small camera to examine your internal organs in a minimally invasive way. An upper endoscopy is used to look for conditions affecting the upper digestive system, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and beginning of the small intestine, also known as the duodenum.
During an upper endoscopy, an endoscope is passed down your esophagus. This flexible tube has a small video camera on the end that allows Dr. Almoudarres to see irregularities.
There are many types of endoscopy to explore different areas, such as colonoscopy for the colon and enteroscopy for the small intestine.
Endoscopy enables Dr. Almoudarres to diagnose and treat digestive problems. He might recommend an upper endoscopy for a variety of symptoms, including:
When performing an upper endoscopy, Dr. Almoudarres can also collect tissue samples, or biopsies, for testing. This helps him diagnose health conditions and diseases like inflammation, cancer, and anemia.
The versatility of endoscopy means it is also used to treat certain digestive issues, such as removing polyps, cauterizing blood vessels, and widening your esophagus if it’s too narrow.
Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Almoudarres might perform your upper endoscopy in combination with other procedures.
Preparation for your endoscopy is important. Dr. Almoudarres provides detailed instructions on fasting and adjusting any medications that might complicate your procedure.
Upper endoscopes typically take 15-30 minutes, and you’re sedated during the procedure to keep you calm and relaxed. Dr. Almoudarres inserts the endoscope into your mouth. You won’t be able to talk after the endoscope passes through your throat.
As Dr. Almoudarres views the inside of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, he might insert small amounts of air to inflate the digestive tract for better viewing. This might cause you to feel a slight pressure or like you're full, but you shouldn't feel any pain during the procedure.
After your endoscopy, you'll rest quietly while you recover from sedation, and you'll also need someone to drive you home. Once you're resting at home, it's common to feel cramping, bloating or gassiness, or to have a sore throat.
Based on your endoscopy, Dr. Almoudarres provides additional recovery and post-procedure instructions. He’ll also work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific condition.
If you think you need an endoscopy, call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online today.