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FAQs About Endoscopies
By Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada
June 05, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Endoscopies  

An endoscopy is a diagnostic imaging test that allows the physician to examine and take pictures of the inside of an organ or specific area of the body. Your Las Vegas, NV, gastroenterologist may recommend an endoscopy if you are experiencing pain or symptoms like chronic or severe acid reflux. The Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada offers endoscopies and other imaging tests of the upper and lower digestive tract.

Endoscopy in Las Vegas, NV

Q: How does an endoscopy work?

A: An endoscopy is performed by inserting a small tube with a light and camera attached at the end (endoscope) into the upper or lower digestive tract to look for growths, lesions, or other problems that may be causing symptoms. You will receive a detailed list of instructions prior to the procedure in order to prepare, including dietary restrictions and information about medication.

Q: When is an endoscopy necessary?

A: Endoscopies are primarily used as a diagnostic tool. Your Las Vegas, NV, doctor will order one if you are experiencing symptoms of certain digestive issues like GERD, colitis, or blockages.

Q: Will I be awake during the procedure?

A: Sedation is provided to keep you comfortable and relaxed during the procedure, but you will remain awake.

Q: Will I have to take time off for the procedure?

A: Endoscopies are typically performed on an outpatient basis at Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada, but you will need someone to help you get home after the procedure until the sedation fully wears off. If your procedure is in the morning or during the work day, you should make arrangements to take the rest of the afternoon off.

Q: Is it painful?

A: You may experience some discomfort in the throat after the endoscope is removed, but sedation is provided to ensure that you will remain as comfortable as possible.

Q: How long is the recovery period?

A: After the procedure (10-15 minutes), you will recover at the doctor's office for approximately 30 minutes. Patients can typically eat again immediately after.

Find a Gastroenterologist in Las Vegas, NV

For more information about endoscopy and other digestive health screenings and treatments, contact Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV, by calling (702) 483-4483 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today.