Early detection and treatment with an endoscopy are essential to increase your chances of beating a wide variety of gastrointestinal (GI) issues. Gastroenterologists Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD diagnose and treat GI problems at their practice, Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology, in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. If you have a GI problem that requires evaluation or treatment with endoscopy, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or schedule an appointment online today.
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that allows the team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology to visually examine the upper part of your digestive system for signs of disease. It involves passing a specialized instrument called an endoscope through your mouth and into your esophagus.
An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera. This camera displays images of the inside of your digestive tract on a screen.
Dr. Vladutiu and Dr. Sayad use endoscopy to diagnose and sometimes treat issues in your esophagus, stomach, and the beginning of your small intestine (duodenum). Endoscopy for your large intestine is called colonoscopy.
Endoscopy can provide valuable information about the cause of unexplained GI symptoms, such as:
Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad may also use endoscopy to diagnose and treat various diseases and conditions. If they see areas of inflammation or abnormal tissue, your doctor can use endoscopy to collect a biopsy sample for lab analysis.
They can also pass tiny instruments through the endoscope to perform basic treatments, such as:
Before you have an endoscopy, Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad will provide you with information to help prepare for the procedure. They may ask questions about medications you take and suggest you refrain from eating or drinking before the procedure.
Since endoscopy often involves a sedative or medicine to help you relax, it’s important to have someone drive you home afterward.
The procedure lasts 15-30 minutes, but you may need to spend the remainder of the day resting and recovering at home. It’s common to experience a sore throat, bloating, or nausea, but those will go away a day or two after the procedure.
Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad will explain how to take care of yourself after an endoscopy.
If you think you may need an endoscopy to diagnose or treat an upper GI condition, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.