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Dr. Karen Sibert
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
34 years in practice
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Why do an endoscopy?

Dr. Karen Sibert
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
34 years in practice
1M people helped
Why do an endoscopy?

Many reasons!: Everyone should have a colonoscopy, which is one type of endoscopy, at age 50 (sooner if there is a family history suggesting higher risk for colon cancer). Other types of endoscopy can look at different parts of the body, such as the esophagus, stomach, bile ducts, vocal cords, airways, bladder and ureters. These procedures are done if symptoms or other tests suggest a need for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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22 years in practice
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Dr. John Edmison
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
14 years in practice
524K people helped
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What are the steps of an endoscopy?

Dr. John Edmison
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
14 years in practice
524K people helped
What are the steps of an endoscopy?

Many: Step one is informed consent where risks, benefits and alternatives are discussed. Next is conscious sedation where an IV is placed and medication is given until you are comfortable. Once you are resting comfortably, the procedure is performed. Last is recovery where you wake up and review procedure findings with your doctor. Someone must then drive you home because of the meds received. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
29 years in practice
398K people helped
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What is endoscopy?

Dr. Sean O Donovan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
29 years in practice
398K people helped
What is endoscopy?

Scoping you out!: Endoscopy is a general term meaning inserting a lighted scope into you somewhere, usually further specified by a prefix like colonoscopy, ureteroscopy, laryngoscopy which basically says where it goes. Often the docor can not only look inside but also biopsy (take tissue) and do other tests while in there--may require sedation depending on how far in they go! ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
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What do I need to know about my endoscopy procedure?

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
17M people helped
What do I need to know about my endoscopy procedure?

Informed consent: Talk to your doc. At the least, you need to know the nature of procedure, indication for it, alternatives to it (including not doing it), material risks, and expected benefits. Get brochure from md. Can get info online from GI organizations and medical societies. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
23 years in practice
1M people helped
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How common is it for someone to need an endoscopy?

Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
23 years in practice
1M people helped
How common is it for someone to need an endoscopy?

Depends: In asia, every patient over the age of 40 routinely undergoes endoscopy due to the high incidence of stomach cancer. In the United States where the stomach cancer is much less common, patients only do endoscopy if they have symptoms like acid reflux, weight loss, gastrointestinal bleeding, food getting caught or a strong family history of stomach cancer.. ...Read more

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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
29 years in practice
398K people helped
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Can you explain what an endoscopy is?

Dr. Sean O Donovan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
29 years in practice
398K people helped
Can you explain what an endoscopy is?

Scoping you out!: Endoscopy is a general term meaning inserting a lighted scope into you somewhere, usually further specified by a prefix like colonoscopy, ureteroscopy, laryngoscopy which basically says where it goes. Often the docor can not only look inside but also biopsy (take tissue) and do other tests while in there--may require sedation depending on how far in they go! ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
26 years in practice
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Can I eat the day of endoscopy?

Dr. Barton Cook
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
26 years in practice
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Afterward: You may eat after you have recovered from sedation. I would avoid alcohol and spicy or acidic foods the first 24 hours. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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Where do I go to get an endoscopy done?

Dr. Frederick Shieh
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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Gastroenterologist: The majority of people go to gastroenterologists to have endoscopies done. If you live in a rural area, sometimes you can find a primary care doctor who performs these procedures. The most important thing is to make sure whoever does it is well-trained and does many of these procedures every day. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
34 years in practice
40M people helped
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What kind of structural abnormalities can an endoscopy uncover?

Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
34 years in practice
40M people helped

Endoscopy benefits: Endoscopy is a sedated optical exam of lining of esophagus, stomach, & upper portion of small intestine. New endoscopic technology permits microscopic inspection, & vital stains &/or specific light band imaging better checks for abnormalities. Inflammatory, infectious, malabsorptive, narrowings, benign tumor & malignant conditions can be identified, biopsied as warranted, & treated when possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristel Hunt
Board Certified, Hepatology
18 years in practice
404K people helped
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A endoscopy was preformed and results are pending. What could they find.

Dr. Kristel Hunt
Board Certified, Hepatology
18 years in practice
404K people helped

Need more info!!: with pending results it is possible that some biopsies were taken or lesions removed. but there's no way to hypothesize not knowing why the test was performed or what they saw. ...Read more

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