Acid reflux isn’t serious, at least not when it happens occasionally and disappears completely. But pain in your upper digestive tract — your throat, esophagus, stomach and upper small intestine — may point to something serious, including cancer. An upper endoscopy is a technique for determining the source of your discomfort. If you feel lasting pain or burning in your throat or esophagus, call your gastroenterologist at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY.
You may believe a little abdominal pain isn’t something you have to mention during a routine checkup. Mild pain in your midsection, after all, may be from last night’s burrito or yesterday’s arduous workout. But if it’s particularly sharp or long-lived, mild pain can escalate into a serious medical condition if left untreated. Cancerous tumors cause similar symptoms as indigestion.
Your upper digestive tract comprises the esophagus, stomach and upper section of your small intestine called the duodenum. Getting an upper endoscopy is the best, most direct way to diagnose any digestive problems in this part of your digestive tract. This procedure makes early detection possible. With early detection comes easier and less invasive treatments, as well as peace of mind.
You shouldn’t take digestive problems lightly. If you have obesity-related medical diseases like high blood pressure or diabetes, talk with your doctor or a gastroenterologist at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, New York. Don’t delay if you have symptoms such as:
You need an accurate diagnosis to receive proper treatment. Sometimes, the upper digestive tract malfunctions or develops problems. For example, your esophagus may narrow, a condition that requires medical attention.
Using an upper endoscopy procedure, your gastroenterologist pinpoints the exact cause of your ailment and if needed, uses small tools to treat the condition. The most common problems that occur in your digestive tract include:
An endoscope is nothing more than a long, flexible tube, at the end of which are fitted a tiny light and camera. Before the procedure at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center, you lie comfortably on a table while you’re given a sedative and your throat is numbed. When you’re ready, the procedure begins.
Your gastroenterology specialist passes the tube down your esophagus into your stomach and duodenum. Air is pumped in to bloat the area to better see. Since the tube is in your esophagus, you continue breathing normally throughout the procedure. With the help of the endoscope, your doctor:
Most upper endoscopy procedures take between 15 to 30 minutes, unless the treatment you need is more complex. The investigation with the endoscope usually leads to a diagnosis. Your gastroenterologist may provide the diagnosis immediately, especially if the treatment was successful. If a biopsy was performed, the tissue samples collected are sent to a lab for further testing. A diagnosis has to wait until the lab does its work, which can take a while.
Your throat is going to be sore immediately after the procedure, but this discomfort subsides in one or two days. Since the procedure is done on an outpatient basis, you don’t need a stay in the hospital. You’re advised not drive after the procedure, so arrange to have someone there to drive you home.
The sooner you’re diagnosed, the faster you get on the road to recovery and better health. If you notice problems in your upper digestive tract, make an appointment to see one of the expert gastroenterologists at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY.