Discover The Root Cause Of Your Persistent Abdominal Pain
Experiencing abdominal pain once in a while is normal, but if the pain persists or worsens, you may need medical help. Persistent abdominal pain may signify severe diseases such as tumors and stomach ulcers. If you wish to determine the cause of your debilitating abdominal pain, upper endoscopy Anchorage should be your ultimate choice.
What should you know about upper endoscopy?
Upper endoscopy, medically known as esophagogastroduodenoscopy, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a tiny camera attached to a long flexible tube to visually examine your upper digestive system. A gastroenterologist utilizes endoscopy to diagnose and treat diseases affecting your duodenum, stomach, and esophagus, including celiac disease, acid reflux, gastrointestinal disorders, and stomach ulcers. You can arrange for your doctor to perform this surgery at the office, hospital, or as an outpatient procedure. If you have persistent abdominal pain that worsens over time or does not respond to over-the-counter medications, inform your doctor for an accurate diagnosis with an upper endoscopy.
What do you need to do to prepare for an upper endoscopy?
Your doctor may conduct an extensive physical exam to determine if upper endoscopy is suitable for you during your appointment. The team at Pioneer GI Clinic may also discuss your symptoms before recommending upper endoscopy. If you take blood thinners, are expectant, or have a lung condition, inform your provider beforehand to avoid complications during the procedure. If you are on insulin for diabetes, you may need to adjust your dose on the day of your surgery. Your primary care provider may help you in making these adjustments. You may also need to arrange for a loved one to drive you home after the procedure. The sedation administered may cause dizziness and drowsiness, making it unsafe for you to drive.
What should you expect during upper endoscopy?
Before your procedure, the team at Pioneer GI Clinic may educate you about upper endoscopy, including inherent side effects and complications. You may also ask any questions or concerns you may have at this point. Afterward, you may need to put on a hospital gown and remove dentures and eyeglasses. The team administers a local anesthetic at your throat to prevent you from experiencing pain. The procedure may go on for about 15-20 minutes.
What should you expect after the procedure?
After the surgery, your physician may require you to remain in the recovery room for half an hour for monitoring. After analyzing your results, your provider may explain the diagnosis and recommend the most appropriate treatment. If your results prompt immediate medical attention, your doctor may make the necessary arrangements to begin treatment.
Upper endoscopy rarely causes severe complications except in the rare cases of a tear in your stomach or excessive bleeding. If you experience debilitating abdominal pain, fever, chest pain, vomiting, or continuous cough after your surgery, call your doctor immediately for observation.
If you suspect that your abdominal pain may indicate a severe underlying condition, you may benefit from upper endoscopy. To determine the trigger of your abdominal discomfort, call the Pioneer GI Clinic or schedule an appointment online for upper endoscopy.