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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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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 ...Read more


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I need to get an endoscopy procedure with biopsy. Is any doctor on here can provide me with a reference less than 1,000 for the procedure?

I need to get an endoscopy procedure with biopsy. Is any doctor on here can provide me with a reference less than 1,000 for the procedure?

Cheap endoscopy: I assume you mean 1000 $. I dont know of one in your area but can ask your insurance company or call the medical society or ask your friends. Good shopping. ...Read more

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I'm getting endoscopy and colonoscopy on 18th, do I need to avoid alcohol ? How long before procedure do I need to stop drinking ?

I'm getting endoscopy and colonoscopy on 18th, do I need to avoid alcohol ? How long before procedure do I need to stop drinking ?

Ask your doctor: You certainly need to avoid it after midnight the night before the procedure, since you will likely have sedation with these tests, but the final arbiter on how long you should be without alcohol before the test is the gastroenterologist who is going to perform the tests. It should be in the instructions you get before the procedure, and if it isn't, you should ask. Good luck. ...Read more

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Acid reflux symptoms off/on for 5 years. Gi doc says i need endoscopy bad. I'm newly insured. What is the avg cost of the procedure? How much avg would my out of pocket be? I have to have this done

Acid reflux symptoms off/on for 5 years.  Gi doc says i need endoscopy bad. I'm newly insured. What is the avg cost of the procedure?  How much avg would my out of pocket be?  I have to have this done

Good luck with that: Medical billing is a nightmare! no one here will be able to answer your question. There's too much variation in pricing & in insurance coverage. Your best bet is to call your insur carrier 1st & ask what your costs would be, either as a % of total or as a deductible you have to meet, & then call the doctor's office & ask the cost (realize that the facility & anesthesiologist will bill too). ...Read more

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If I have Gastritis caused by H pylori infection, would a doctor be able to tell from an endoscopy? Or is there a procedure needed to be done after?

If I have Gastritis caused by H pylori infection, would a doctor be able to tell from an endoscopy? Or is there a procedure needed to be done after?

H Pylori : During endoscopy , your doctor will see some inflammatory changes . Biopsies are taken , which wi show typical changes under the microscope . There is also a blood test call H pylori Ab that will be positive , that wi indicate if you have ever had the infection . ...Read more

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How safe is an endoscopy procedure?

How safe is an endoscopy procedure?

Very: Very safe procedure done thousands of times everyday. ...Read more

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What happens during an endoscopy procedure?

What happens during an endoscopy procedure?

Endoscopy: You are put under light anesthesia, doctor looks thru scope into your stomach and GI tract, may take samples for analysis and biopsy. ...Read more

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How does will an endoscopy procedure work?

Upper/lower?: Upper=stomach endoscopy, usually no prep except not eating/drinking x 4 hrs, then sedation via iv, and doc puts scope through mouth and throat into stomach, looks and biopsies if needed. Lower=colonoscopy, prep by flushing system with strong prep laxatives, then sedation via iv, and scope enters via anus and looks at 5 feet of colon, biopsies etc. ...Read more

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What can I do if my husband has an endoscopy procedure tomorrow morning, what to expect?

Conscious sedation: Conscious sedation is widely used to relax the patient, so the experience should be relatively comfortable. ...Read more

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Where can you go to get encapsulated endoscopy procedure?

Where can you go to get encapsulated endoscopy procedure?

Depends: Some doctors perform capsule endoscopy at the hospital, others at the office. Typically, the patient does a cleanse the day before comes to the hospital/office-has electrodes and a data recorder placed in about 30 minutes, swallows a capsule that morning and returns in the afternoon where the data is downloaded. ...Read more