Endoscopy in Denver, CO
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What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy is a nonsurgical diagnostic test performed to evaluate the upper digestive tract. It used technology designed to capture real-time images of the structures or to perform biopsies of abnormal tissues. To conduct an endoscopy, the provider will use an endoscope (or a narrow, flexible tube that contains a light and special camera) to assess the organs and tissues. To learn more about how an endoscopy works, or if the procedure would be a good solution to your current digestive health issues, contact our gastrointestinal (GI) specialists at Colorado Gastroenterology to schedule an appointment in our Denver, CO office.
When is an endoscopy performed?
Our team performs endoscopy procedures for Denver, CO patients to diagnose or rule out conditions that could be affecting the upper GI tract. In some care, an endoscopy may be performed to treat a condition as well. Symptoms that may indicate the need for an endoscopy include:
- Swallowing difficulties
- Stomach pain or discomfort
- Heartburn or a burning sensation in the chest
- Unexplained weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
GI conditions that might be identified or ruled out during the course of an endoscopy procedure involve:
- Celiac disease
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Esophageal strictures
- Gastrointestinal blockages
Biopsies and other tests may also be performed during endoscopy procedures. Schedule a consultation with one of our GI doctors at Colorado Gastroenterology to learn more.
How do I prepare for an endoscopy?
Before your procedure, you will get preparatory instructions from your Colorado Gastroenterology provider regarding your endoscopy process. You may be told not to consume anything by mouth after midnight aside from medications. It is very important to adhere to the instructions given to you by your GI physician. You will also receive additional information regarding your medications. In many instances, your medications can be taken as instructed. However, in some cases, particularly in patients on blood thinners and who are diabetic, special instructions will be discussed.
What can I expect during an endoscopy?
You should arrive at the endoscopy center 1 to 1.5 hours prior to your procedure. We will have you change into a medical gown and an IV catheter will be started in your arm so sedation can be administered. You will be connected to a system that will help our team to monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, pulse, electrocardiogram, breathing, and oxygen level during and after the exam.
Once in your exam room, we'll have you lie down on your left side on the procedure table. The IV sedation will then be administered. A small amount of air will be injected through the scope into the GI tract to help increase visibility for our team. Any remaining fluid in the upper gastrointestinal tract is removed through the scope. Based on the results of the exam, additional procedures or tests may be performed at the time of your endoscopy, including biopsies, the widening of strictures, and the control of bleeding. Once the endoscopy procedure is complete, as much of the air and remaining fluid as possible will be drawn out via the scope. Depending on the exam findings, the procedure often takes somewhere between 15 – 45 minutes.
What happens after an endoscopy?
Once the exam is done, you will be escorted to the recovery room to be supervised while you come out of sedation. The amount of sedation given during your endoscopy and your response to it will dictate how quickly you awaken, though most patients are awake enough for discharge within 45 – 60 minutes. You cannot drive for the rest of the day, so you will need to have arrangements made for someone to take you home. You will be advised to not work, sign important papers, or do strenuous activities for the rest of the day. Most patients are fine to eat and drink as they normally would after being released from the endoscopy center, however, instructions about activities, medications, and eating will be discussed prior to discharge.
After your endoscopy procedure, our Denver, CO gastroenterology team will discuss the findings of the exam with you. Most people will not remember the results of the exam due to the effects of the sedation medication. It is recommended, if you're able, to bring someone with you to who the results can be provided. You will also go home with a typed report. You will be informed of any biopsy results within about seven days.
Personalized care for GI concerns
GI issues can impact your life in a variety of ways. With specialized care, however, you can get the treatment you need for digestive concerns and enjoy better overall health. If you are in need of an endoscopy in Denver, CO, please contact Colorado Gastroenterology to reserve a treatment consultation.
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