Find out more about this diagnostic procedure and when it’s necessary.endoscopies

Dealing with digestive problems? Not sure what’s causing your symptoms? If so, then you may want to turn to our Wesley Chapel, FL, gastroenterologist, Dr. Saeed Ahmed. Here’s everything you need to know about getting an endoscopy.

Q. What is an upper endoscopy?

A. This procedure can actually be used to both diagnose and even treat certain conditions of the upper digestive tract (esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestines), and it makes it possible for our Wesley Chapel GI doctor to see what’s going on with the upper digestive tract using a very small, flexible camera.

Q. Why is an upper endoscopy performed?

A. There are several reasons why our Dr. Ahmed may recommend getting an endoscopy. If you are having difficulty swallowing, or if you have abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting or bleeding within the stomach or intestines, the cause of these symptoms will need to be determined.

Also, if you are experiencing symptoms of inflammation, anemia, chronic digestive disorders or even cancer an upper endoscopy can be used to diagnose many conditions and to take a biopsy (a tissue sample), when necessary. Even in some cases, an upper endoscopy can be used to treat certain digestive issues such as removing a polyp, opening up a constricted esophagus or even stopping a bleed.

Q. How is an upper endoscopy performed?

A. This procedure is performed while you are lying down. A topical anesthesia is often sprayed into the mouth to numb the throat prior to placing the thin tube. In some cases, a sedative will also be provided to keep the patient calm and relaxed.

After the medication is administered we will gently insert the endoscope into the mouth and guide it down the throat. You should never feel pain or discomfort during an endoscopy. The tiny camera at the end of the endoscope will allow us to take photos and videos and give us an idea of what might be going on.

Q. How long does the procedure take?

A. An endoscopy is a fairly quick procedure that takes about 10 to 15 minutes but can take up to 30 minutes depending on the purpose of the endoscopy.

Q. Can I drive myself home after my endoscopy?

A. Even though you will spend up to 45 minutes in the recovery room after your procedure you will still feel groggy from the medication, so it’s important that you have someone who can drive you home.

If you are noticing GI symptoms or changes it’s important that you turn to gastrointestinal specialists who can help. Call Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida in Wesley Chapel, FL, today.

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