When you’re experiencing ongoing abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting, a physical exam may not provide all the answers you need to explain your symptoms. At GI Endoscopy Practice in Riverdale and Parsippany, New Jersey, experienced gastroenterologist Bharat Dasani, MD, and the team perform an endoscopy to evaluate your upper digestive system and help you get the answers you need. To schedule an endoscopy, call the office or book online today.
An endoscopy, also called an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is a diagnostic procedure that evaluates your upper gastrointestinal tract.
During the procedure, Dr. Dasani uses a flexible lighted video camera called an endoscope to carefully evaluate the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first section of your small intestine).
You may need an endoscopy to determine the underlying cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, vomiting, or heartburn.
The team at GI Endoscopy Practice also uses the diagnostic procedure to confirm or rule out gastrointestinal conditions like:
You may also need an endoscopy to remove polyps or a foreign object from your upper gastrointestinal tract.
The team at GI Endoscopy Practice provides specific instructions on the steps you need to take for your endoscopy. Your preparation may include not eating or drinking for up to eight hours before your test. \
The team may also request you modify your medication use. You may be asked to stop taking blood thinners for a set period of time before your endoscopy.
An endoscopy is an outpatient procedure. To ease pain and anxiety, Dr. Dasani uses IV anesthesia that puts you to sleep during the test.
Once you’re properly sedated, Dr. Dasani inserts the endoscope through your mouth to your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The entire test typically takes 5-15 minutes.
When needed, Dr. Dasani passes surgical instruments through the endoscope to perform any required procedures.
After your endoscopy, the team sends you to the recovery room. Once you’re awake, Dr. Dasani reviews the preliminary results of your endoscopy with you and then sends you home. Results from your biopsy are provided within 3-7 days of the procedure.
Because of the type of anesthesia used during your endoscopy, the team at GI Endoscopy Practice recommends you arrange to have someone drive you home after the test and take it easy for the rest of the day.
To schedule an endoscopy, call GI Endoscopy Practice or book online today.