An endoscopy (esophago-gastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure used to visually examine the upper or lower digestive system with a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube. An endoscopy allows a physician that is specially trained to look at the inside of the gastrointestinal tract using an endoscope. Endoscopy is normally a part of a routine, comprehensive evaluation of the digestive system. An endoscopy—upper or lower—is more accurate than an X-ray for detecting inflammation, ulcers, or small tumors of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, or lower GI tract. Your doctor might suggest this minimally invasive, virtually painless procedure for a variety of reasons:
To check symptoms you have described that are most likely digestion-related
To help your doctor evaluate the severity of a digestive condition
To check the status of an existing digestive disorder
To target a specific location to remove some cells for laboratory examination, a procedure known as a "biopsy"
To screen for cancer in patients who may be at high risk
To perform a specific therapy, such as removing polyps or a foreign body, or to stop bleeding
With this procedure, you can be assured of the accuracy of the diagnosis.
Endoscopy is also excellent for finding the causes of gastrointestinal bleeding. If you have had a major surgery, it can be used to evaluate the inside of your esophagus or stomach to search for signs of bleeding.
You will feel confident that our professionally trained staff will complete your procedure efficiently and compassionately.