When Is an Endoscopy Needed?

When you’re dealing with gastrointestinal issues, it can be hard to diagnose problems without being able to see what’s going on inside. Luckily, there are ways to take a look inside through minimally invasive techniques. When you’re dealing with pain and irritation, your gastroenterologists may recommend an endoscopy to get a better look at what may be happening.

When To Get an Endoscopy

In order to see the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine, our gastroenterologist, will use an endoscopy to understand what you might be dealing with. If you’re dealing with constant pain or persistent heartburn, there’s a chance that it could be something serious and your doctor needs to be able to understand what is going on.

Common symptoms that your gastroenterologist might warrant an endoscopy for include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding
  • Pain

Endoscopies can detect various issues, including:

  • Ulcers
  • Celiac disease
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Cancer

Your doctor uses a thin scope to enter through your mouth and see the inside of your GI tract. If there are any concerns, they are able to take a biopsy and even patch up some issues using the endoscope. An endoscopy can be lifesaving and can help detect issues that could cause serious complications if they are left untreated. It’s important that you don’t put off an endoscopy because your condition could worsen and become difficult to treat.

Contact Our Gastroenterologist Today

Find out what could be happening inside your gastrointestinal system. Contact our gastroenterologists to find out if you need an endoscopy to diagnose your pain. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today.

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