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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the rectum and colon (colonoscopy).

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Why do an endoscopy?

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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What are the steps of an endoscopy?

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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What do I need to know about my endoscopy procedure?

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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What is endoscopy?

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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How common is it for someone to need an endoscopy?

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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Can you explain what an endoscopy is?

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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Can I eat the day of endoscopy?

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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What kind of structural abnormalities can an endoscopy uncover?

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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Where do I go to get an endoscopy done?

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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Can I eat before the endoscopy?

No: The purpose of an endoscopy is th view the stomach and first part of the small intestine. Dangerous to give IV sedation to someone who has eaten for fear of aspiration! ...Read more

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