If you’re experiencing heartburn or difficulty swallowing, you may need an endoscopy, which is a special test that generates images of your upper digestive system. The specialists at Colorado Gastroenterology, with offices in Denver, Aurora, and Golden, offer this test at their dedicated endoscopy offices, which includes the Denver Endoscopy Center in Lowry and the Denver West Endoscopy Center in Golden. To schedule an endoscopy, call the office nearest you today.
An endoscopy is a diagnostic test that captures real-time images of your upper digestive system. During the test, your specialist uses an endoscope, which is a flexible tube outfitted with a camera, to evaluate the tissue and organs.
You may need an endoscopy if your Colorado Gastroenterology doctor needs to diagnose or rule out a medical condition that affects your upper digestive system, as well as treat the condition.
Symptoms that may warrant an endoscopy include:
Conditions that may be diagnosed or ruled out during an endoscopy include:
You may also need an endoscopy to perform a biopsy.
Your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology provides instructions on what you need to do to prepare for your endoscopy. Depending on your specific needs and medical history, you may need to modify your diet and medication schedule before your test.
Your endoscopy is performed at the dedicated endoscopy office and may take 15 to 30 minutes. To ease any discomfort, you receive sedation for your endoscopy procedure.
Once you’re ready, your specialist has you lie on your side and inserts the endoscope through your mouth into your esophagus and down through your stomach until it reaches your duodenum. To improve visibility, your specialist inflates your digestive tract with air.
During your endoscopy, your specialist may take tissue samples, open strictures, or stop bleeding, depending on your specific needs.
After your endoscopy, you may spend 1-2 hours in the recovery room for observation as your sedation wears off. You will need a ride home after the procedure.
You may experience some bloating and abdominal pain, and your throat may be sore for a day or two after your endoscopy. Within a few days, as your swallowing improves, you should be able to resume your usual diet.
Digestive disorders can cause an array of symptoms. To get answers to your questions about endoscopy uses, call the specialists at Colorado Gastroenterology today.