Best Endoscopy Gastroenterologist Doctor in NYC
When your symptoms suggest problems in your esophagus or stomach, you may need an endoscopy. The specialists at Triborough GI have extensive experience performing endoscopies which allow them to diagnose and immediately treat many GI conditions.
Our Staten Island, Bronx, or Brooklyn-based Endoscopy specialists can schedule and perform your procedure at one of our Triborough GI clinics.
One of our board-certified GI doctors will guide you through the Endoscopy procedure and provide you with all the information you need prior to having the procedure.
What is an Endoscopy?
An endoscopy is a procedure your doctor at Triborough GI performs to closely examine and treat your GI tract, which includes your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (upper part of the small intestine).
Your procedure is done using a medical device called an endoscope, which is a narrow, flexible tube containing lighting and a tiny video camera. As your doctor gently advances the scope through your mouth and into your digestive tract, the camera sends magnified images to a screen. This allows your doctor to see inflammation, growths, and other problems in the GI tract’s lining.
During an endoscopy, your doctor treats problems by inserting specialized surgical tools through the scope. For example, your doctor may take a biopsy, remove tumors, stop bleeding, or open a blocked esophagus.
Why do I need an Endoscopy?
Your doctor may recommend an endoscopy to diagnose the underlying cause of symptoms such as:
- Swallowing difficulties
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Recurrent vomiting
A few of the most common conditions diagnosed during an endoscopy include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Gastric ulcer
- Esophageal varices
- Hiatal hernia
- Celiac disease
- Esophageal strictures
Crohn’s disease affecting the upper GI tract can also be detected during an endoscopy.
Prior to the procedure, you may need to have a physical exam, blood tests or other kinds of tests. You will be instructed to not consume food or liquid for at least 8 hours prior to the procedure.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medication and supplements you are taking. If you have any allergies, are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Your healthcare provider will explain what happens during the procedure.
Your doctor will discuss any risks or complications that may happen. You will be provided with a consent form by your doctor. Read the form carefully and do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have.
You should discuss your medical history with your Triborough GI doctor including any medical conditions, allergies, and all the medication that you take (over-the-counter medicine, vitamins, and supplements) including:
- Blood thinners
- Arthritis medication
- Blood pressure medication
- Diabetes medication
What should I expect during an Endoscopy?
Your GI tract must be empty for your doctor to get a good view of the tissues, so you shouldn’t eat for eight hours before your procedure. You’ll also need to stop taking some medications prior to your endoscopy. However, you’ll receive detailed instructions when your procedure is scheduled.
You’ll receive intravenous sedation to help you relax, and your doctor applies numbing medication to the back of your throat, but you’ll be awake during the procedure. You may feel pressure as the scope travels through your GI tract. Most patients, however, are comfortable throughout the process.
An endoscopy takes 20 minutes or less, depending on whether any treatments are performed. After staying in recovery for a short time, you’ll be able to go home and relax for the rest of the day.
Recovering from an Endoscopy
After the endoscopy, you will need to rest for approximately an hour in order for the sedation to wear off. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home as the sedation medication takes a while to leave your system.
If you had a biopsy, the results will usually be ready within the week. Please call your Triborough GI doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Vomiting blood
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Black, bloody, or tarry stool
- Difficulty swallowing
Risks of complications from an endoscopy are extremely low as an endoscopy is considered a safe procedure. Complications may include:
- Perforation in the lining of your GI tract
- Bleeding from where the doctor took a sample of tissue or removed a polyp
- Uncommon reactions to the sedative such as difficulty breathing or heart problems
If you have questions about an upcoming endoscopy, or you need to schedule an appointment, call Triborough GI or book an appointment online.
Triborough GI has the top NYC gastroenterologists in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Our doctors provide only the most specialized and extensive care. Our motto is that the patient’s care comes first! Highly reputable and top-rated in NYC, our gastroenterologists will thoroughly examine, diagnose, and treat you in any way they can.
Schedule an appointment at (718) 795-2734 today with one of our Triborough GI doctors at our Brooklyn, Staten Island, or Bronx locations for any questions or concerns you have regarding your Endoscopy procedure.