Endoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting a long, thin tube into the body to conduct an internal health examination. Gastroenterologists perform endoscopies on an outpatient basis. Patients must fast for 8 hours prior and will be under sedation during the procedure. After the procedure, patients may have a sore throat or feel groggy and should avoid driving for 24 hours.
ENDOSCOPY IS HELPFUL IN INVESTIGATING:
If biopsies are taken during the endoscopy patients should expect to wait at least 48 hours for the results.
Another common type of endoscopic procedure is a colonoscopy. This procedure is vital in diagnosing colon of cancer in the early stages. Men with a family history of colon cancer should begin routine screenings at age 40.
Digestive discomforts like heartburn, stomach upset, acid reflux and painful gas could be symptoms of serious medical problems. If you have questions about your digestive health, but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a digestive health assessment and learn more about conditions you may have.