An endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that helps your gastroenterologist find the underlying cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms. Nehme Gabriel, MD, and Raj Borade, MD, at Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Central Florida, use endoscopy to evaluate your digestive tract to confirm or rule out a condition to explain your symptoms. To learn more about endoscopy, call the office in The Villages, Leesburg, or Brownwood Paddock Square in Wildwood, Florida, or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.
An endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your gastroenterologist to evaluate your digestive tract without the need for an invasive procedure. During an endoscopy, your gastroenterologist uses an endoscope to evaluate the lining of your digestive tract.
The endoscope is a thin tube equipped with a light and camera. It transmits images of your intestinal tissue to a computer screen and allows your gastroenterologist to look for abnormalities to explain your symptoms.
The gastroenterologists at Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Central Florida are highly experienced and proficient at performing endoscopic procedures. They work with a team of courteous and knowledgeable professionals.
The types of endoscopy they perform include:
During an upper endoscopy, your gastroenterologist examines your upper digestive system, which includes your esophagus, stomach, and the first portion of your small intestine.
The capsule endoscopy is a less invasive endoscopic procedure. During a capsule endoscopy, you swallow a pill-sized camera that captures images as it moves through your digestive system.
Your gastroenterologist may recommend capsule endoscopy to examine the parts of your small intestine that an upper endoscopy cannot view.
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that examines your colon, which includes your rectum and large intestine. In addition to helping diagnose conditions that affect the large intestine, the colonoscopy is also used for colon cancer screening.
During a flexible sigmoidoscopy, your gastroenterologist uses the endoscope to examine your rectum and lower portion of your large intestine (sigmoid colon).
The flexible sigmoidoscopy is also a colon cancer screening tool.
The ERCP is a highly specialized endoscopic procedure that evaluates your bile ducts, pancreatic duct, and gallbladder.
You may benefit from an endoscopy if your gastroenterologist needs more diagnostic information to explain your digestive symptoms, such as acid reflux, nausea and vomiting, or abdominal pain.
The endoscopy helps diagnose:
The gastroenterologists at Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Central Florida also use endoscopy to perform procedures, including esophageal dilation, HALO ablation of Barrett’s esophagus, and biopsies of abnormal tissues.
To schedule a consultation to learn more about endoscopy and if it’s a procedure for you, call Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Central Florida, or book online today.