If you need your digestive tract examined for disease or irregularities, Houston Regional Gastroenterology may recommend a non-surgical endoscopy. With locations in Sugar Land and Humble, Texas, the gastroenterologists perform this procedure to view your esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestine. If you need an endoscopy or have symptoms that indicate it may help diagnose what ails you, call one of the locations or schedule a consultation online.
An endoscopy involves a device called an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it. The procedure gives Houston Regional Gastroenterology doctors a full view of your digestive tract on a color television monitor.
An upper endoscopy involves the insertion of the endoscope through the mouth and throat into the esophagus. This allows your doctor to evaluate your stomach, upper part of the small intestine, and the esophagus. They may alternatively pass the endoscope through your rectum into your colon – the large intestine.
You are typically awake for an endoscopy, but do receive sedation to reduce sensation. You may have a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort at the back of the throat for an upper endoscopy.
Houston Regional Gastroenterology may suggest an endoscopy to evaluate or diagnose any of the following.
An endoscopy may also be part of a procedure to biopsy suspicious tissue.
An endoscopy doesn’t require an overnight hospital stay and takes place at Houston Regional Gastroenterology. The entire procedure takes about one hour. For some types of endoscopies, you must fast. Your doctor gives you thorough instructions about how to prepare prior to the procedure.
Right after an upper endoscopy, the medical staff observes you as the sedation wears off. You will need a ride home as you cannot drive due to the medication. You should plan to lay low the rest of the day as you may also be on pain medications.
You may have some soreness in your throat and bloating, but these side effects usually resolve quickly. Your doctor lets you know when you can resume your normal diet, which is typically within a few hours.
Trust the expert gastroenterologists at Houston Regional Gastroenterology if you need an endoscopy. Call the office nearest you or schedule online to set up a consultation.