Upper GI Endoscopy: Preparation and Recovery
Your doctor might prescribe an upper GI endoscopy as routine screening. Or to take a look at your upper GI tract following specific triggers or symptoms. The endoscopy procedure provides the doctor with a real-time visual image of your upper digestive system to confirm diagnoses or treat upper GI conditions. The procedure is conducted in […]
Capsule Endoscopy: The Easiest Endoscopic Procedure Ever?
Generally, patients who need to have an endoscopic procedure tend to feel a little nervous. Even with a doctor’s reasoning and explanation of a procedure, one cannot know what to expect if they’ve never had endoscopy before. Also, endoscopy doesn’t describe one procedure for all screenings, there are different types of endoscopic procedures that a […]
Know the Symptoms of Esophageal Varices
There are a number of potentially serious medical conditions that are not well-known to the average person. It’s safe to say that esophageal varices can be included in this list. In our specialty, we are well aware of the signs of this condition and the treatments that can help preserve a patient’s well-being. Here, we […]
What You Want to Know About Your Colonoscopy
At some point in your life, your doctor will recommend that you have a colonoscopy. This screening may be performed to find the potential cause of changes in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, or abdominal pain. It is also a preventive screening that adults are advised to have done starting at age 45. During the colonoscopy, […]
Reasons You May Need an Endoscopy
Diagnostic tests like x-rays, blood work, and mammograms are essential aspects of medical management. Endoscopy services are less well-known but no less important in helping doctors diagnose and manage various conditions. An endoscopy is a test that allows a doctor to observe and evaluate certain parts of the digestive tract, such as the stomach, colon, […]
What to Expect During and After Upper Endoscopy
Endoscopic exams and treatments can feel stressful. We find that patients who know what to expect during and after their procedure are much more comfortable and less anxious about their upper or lower endoscopy. Here, we discuss what happens during an upper endoscopy and how to expedite recovery from this minor examination. Upper endoscopy is […]
What is Barrett’s Esophagus and How is it Treated?
The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Some refer to it as a food pipe. Sometimes, acid from the stomach refluxes, or moves up into, this tube. Chronic reflux of stomach acid is referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). With repeated exposure to stomach acid, the cells that […]
Why Would I See a Gastroenterologist?
Gut health is an important aspect of our general health and wellbeing. Recently, we’ve begun hearing more in the media about various gut health issues and how to potentially avoid them. The reason more experts are talking about gut health, and why we should be listening, is that our gut is home to over 40 […]
Why Do I Need a Liver Biopsy?
Liver biopsies are sometimes performed to help reach an accurate diagnosis for liver problems. This test may also help a doctor estimate the extent of liver damage. This is referred to as staging liver disease. The results of a liver biopsy may also help in the development of treatment for liver damage or disease. The […]
What to Expect After a Colonoscopy
Lower GI endoscopy is also known as a colonoscopy. This screening is important for all adults beginning at age 50. The purpose of this endoscopic procedure is to observe the lower GI tract for signs of inflammation, tumors, polyps, or other asymptomatic abnormalities. A person can have any of these conditions without noticeable symptoms. Each […]