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This diagnostic procedure could shed some light on your gastrointestinal issues.
When you’re dealing with stomach pain, nausea and other symptoms wouldn’t it be lovely if your body could just tell you what’s going on? Unfortunately, this isn’t how life works but we can find out what’s going on within your gastrointestinal tract thanks to a helpful procedure known as an endoscopy. Our Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, gastroenterologists are here to explain when an endoscopy may be necessary for you.
What is an endoscopy?
An upper or lower endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that is performed by our GI specialists to be able to get a more detailed visual of what is going on within the digestive tract. This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure is painless and performed right here in our office.
When is an endoscopy performed?
There are many cases in which an endoscopy can provide us with the insight we need to be able to figure out what’s going on with your digestive tract. An endoscopy can be used to:
- Pinpoint the cause of digestion-related symptoms (e.g. bleeding; abdominal pain)
- Determine the severity of your digestive problem
- Monitor preexisting gastrointestinal conditions
- To biopsy a specific area of the digestive tract
- To screen for cancer
- To remove polyps, treat an obstruction or to stop bleeding
An endoscopy is able to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper and lower intestines, and it provides a more accurate view of your digestive health than X-rays. It’s also better at discovering ulcers, inflammation or tumors.
What should I expect from this diagnostic procedure?
Before the endoscopy is performed an IV will be administered to provide you with sedation and pain relief. You will not receive general anesthesia because it’s a quick and minimally invasive procedure, but many people feel so relaxed during conscious sedation that they even fall asleep during their endoscopy.
Once the sedation has taken effect, we will gently insert a thin flexible tube (the endoscope) into the throat and slowly guide it through the esophagus and into the stomach and digestive tract. An upper endoscopy usually takes anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes; however, it could take longer if an area has to be biopsied or polyps have to be removed.
If you are living in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, and dealing with gastrointestinal issues then it’s a good time to schedule a consultation with one of our gastroenterologists who can help you get to the bottom of your health issues. Call Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada today.
What your gastroenterologists in Las Vegas want you to know
Having an endoscopy and colonoscopy is the first step in detecting serious diseases, some of which can be fatal, such as colon cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates over 95,000 cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in 2016, with over 49,000 people dying from it. In fact, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Your gastroenterologists at Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas want to share the facts about endoscopies and colonoscopies.
An endoscopy uses a thin flexible tube with a camera attached. The tube is inserted through your mouth and slowly lowered to view your esophagus, stomach and small intestine. Endoscopies are a vital tool to detect:
- Esophageal cancer
- Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous change in the esophagus
- Stomach cancer
- H. pylori infection of the stomach
- Hiatal hernia
A colonoscopy is similar to an endoscopy, and often the two procedures are done together under anesthesia. A colonoscopy examines the lower half of your digestive system, your large intestine. A colonoscopy is performed to detect:
- Colorectal cancer
- Precancerous tumors or polyps
- Inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
You may also need a colonoscopy if you experience these symptoms:
- Rectal bleeding
- Changes in bowel habits or appearance in stool
- Chronic diarrhea
- Chronic abdominal pain
A colonoscopy is recommended if you are 50 years older, just as a routine screening for colon cancer. It is a simple procedure that takes 45 minutes, but you should plan on staying 2 to 3 hours because of the anesthesia. You should also have someone with you to drive you home.
An endoscopy and colonoscopy are an important step in managing your health, especially if you are over 50, or suffering from digestive or intestinal issues. An endoscopy and colonoscopy can detect diseases early, so your physician can treat you early to provide a better outcome. Early detection and treatment can save your life!
To find out more about endoscopy and colonoscopy benefits, call your gastroenterologists at Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas. Protect your health by calling today!