An endoscopy is a procedure involving a flexible camera that is inserted through the mouth and into the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. During this procedure, your doctor can inspect the esophagus, the stomach and the first segment of the small intestine.
An endoscopy is performed for a variety of different indications. Some common indications include:
• Difficulty or pain with swallowing
• Abdominal pain or burning
• Persistent acid reflux symptoms
• Unexplained weight loss
• Low blood counts (anemia)
• Celiac disease
• Ulcer disease
• Chronic diarrhea
• Helicobacter pylori infection
• Early fullness with eating
• Chronic nausea and vomiting
• Black bowel movements or blood in your vomit
An endoscopy requires you to perform a complete fast (no solids or liquids) for at least 8 hours prior to the examination. Your doctor will provide you with all instructions upon booking your procedure. They will review if you need to stop taking any of your usual medications prior to. For specific instructions, please visit our Procedures Instructions section.
Prior to the examination starting, you will receive sedation from an anesthesiologist so that you are relaxed and comfortable for the procedure. Once asleep, your doctor passes a thin tube with a camera and light on its end into your mouth and down into your esophagus, stomach and small intestine. During the procedure, your gastroenterologist has the ability to take biopsies, treat ulcers, remove polyps and sample fluids, among other commonly performed therapies.
To determine if an endoscopy may be appropriate for you, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
The information provided above is meant to be used as an informative guide for patients. For precise and individualized recommendations, please consult with one of our board certified gastroenterologists to discuss your symptoms.
For additional information or to book an appointment at the Gastroenterology Center of New York, please feel free to reach out to our dedicated team by calling us at 718-210-2960. You can also schedule online or reach out to us via the Contact Us form.