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By Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida
May 24, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Endoscopy  

Are you concerned about your stomach problems? An endoscopy can help your doctor determine why you're experiencing pain, endoscopyheartburn and other symptoms. Dr. Saeed Ahmed of Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida in Wesley Chapel, FL, discusses the endoscopy procedure and shares several benefits.

What happens during an endoscopy?

During your endoscopy, a thin, lighted tube called an endoscope is placed into your mouth and gently passed through your esophagus, stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. A small camera attached to the tip of the endoscope sends images to a digital monitor. As your gastroenterologist threads the endoscope through your upper digestive tract, he views real-time images on the monitor. Although endoscopies are primarily used for diagnostic purposes, your doctor can take biopsies during the procedure, cauterize bleeding blood vessels and perform other treatments.

What are the benefits of endoscopy?

Endoscopy is:

  • Less Invasive: Getting a close look at your gastrointestinal tract used to involve major surgery. Minimally invasive endoscopy has eliminated the need for exploratory surgery in most cases and makes obtaining biopsies much easier.
  • Much Less Risky: Endoscopy has significantly fewer risks than open surgery because no incisions are needed. Unlike surgery, endoscopy doesn't require a long recovery period. In fact, most people wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Although you'll probably feel perfectly fine after your endoscopy, you won't be permitted to drive during the rest of the day, due to lingering effects of the sedative.
  • More Accurate: X-rays and other tests can detect large masses, but more subtle changes to the lining of your digestive tract can't be detected. Because endoscopy transmits actual pictures of your stomach or small intestine, it's much easier to spot lesions, tumors, bleeding or other issues.
  • More Comfortable: During your Wesley Chapel endoscopy procedure, you'll be sedated and won't remember a thing about the endoscopy. After you wake up, you may notice a slight soreness in your throat, but the feeling will quickly subside.

Endoscopies offer important digestive health advantages. If you think you could benefit from the procedure, call Dr. Ahmed of Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida in Wesley Chapel, FL, at (813) 994-4800 to schedule an appointment.

By Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida
September 19, 2016
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Endoscopy  

Diagnosing upper gastrointestinal problems once required exploratory surgery, but thanks to advances in medical technology, getting anendoscopy up-close look at your gastrointestinal tract only requires a miniature camera and a thin scope. Dr. Saeed Ahmed, your Wesley Chapel, FL gastroenterologist, explains why you may need an endoscopy.

When is an endoscopy recommended?

Your gastroenterologist may suggest an endoscopy if you suffer from:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Bleeding
  • Pain in your stomach
  • Gastritis
  • Ulcers
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

How do endoscopies work?

During an endoscopy, your Wesley Chapel gastroenterologist passes a lighted scope that contains a tiny camera at the end into your throat. The camera transmits images of your stomach, esophagus and the upper section of your small intestine to a computer monitor. With the aid of the monitor, your doctor examines every inch of your upper gastrointestinal tract to determine for the cause of your symptoms. Although cancer is certainly a possibility, gastrointestinal problems occur more often due to GERD, gastritis, ulcers, esophagitis or other less serious conditions.

What happens during an endoscopy?

You will be asked to fast for eight hours before your endoscopy appointment. Because your comfort is a priority for your doctor, you'll be given a sedative or receive anesthesia before the procedure begins. Once the sedative or anesthesia takes effect, your doctor will insert the scope. In addition to viewing your gastrointestinal tract, your gastroenterologist can also obtain tissue samples for biopsies and treat problems. For example, if he notices bleeding, he can cauterize the area to stop the bleeding.

What is endoscopy recovery like?

Endoscopies usually take no longer than 30 minutes, but you may remain in the facility for up to an hour in order to ensure that you have recovered from the effects of the sedative or anesthetic. Your doctor will discuss the results of the procedure with you, although you won't receive the results of biopsies for about a week. You may notice that your throat is a little sore after you have an endoscopy or that you feel a little bloated. These symptoms are usually minor and will soon subside.

Are you concerned about stomach pain or other gastrointestinal problems? Call Dr. Ahmed, your Wesley Chapel, FL gastroenterologist, at (813) 994-4800 to schedule an appointment to determine if you could benefit from an endoscopy.