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Find out why an endoscopy is performed and what problems it can detect.
Your New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, gastroenterologist also serving Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL, Dr. Kamran Ayub specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that impact the digestive system. Whether you are dealing with irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), our team can easily diagnose your health problems with a simple endoscopy.
What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy is a procedure that allows our team to be able to get a closer look into the digestive tract. Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing, there are different types of endoscopies that your New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, gastroenterologist also serving Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL, performs. The two most common types of endoscopies we perform here at our practice are an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy.
When is an endoscopy recommended?
While our gastroenterologist can get some clue as to what’s going on simply by asking you questions about your symptoms, we often need diagnostic tools such as an endoscopy to confirm a diagnosis. An endoscopy can be performed to detect both cancerous and precancerous growths and polyps within the digestive tract, along with diagnosing inflammation, bleeds, obstructions, and ulcers in the stomach and intestines. An upper endoscopy is inserted into the mouth and gently guided into the esophagus, stomach, and small intestines while a colonoscopy is inserted into the rectum and guided into the large intestines. Both procedures are performed while the patient is under sedation.
Do I need to undergo an endoscopy?
It’s important to recognize when you should turn to a gastroenterologist for a closer look into the symptoms you’re experiencing. While the occasional bout of GI issues usually won’t require a medical evaluation, you may benefit from an endoscopy if you are dealing with:
- Chronic or severe heartburn
- Chronic constipation
- Blood in the stool
- Persistent digestive issues or abdominal pain
- Unexpected and sudden weight loss
- Family history of colon cancer
- Personal history of colon polyps
- You are over 50 years old
If you are concerned about your digestive health, you don’t want to delay getting the treatment you need. Your New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, gastroenterologist, Dr. Ayub, also serving Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL, provides comprehensive care. To schedule a consultation, call us at (708) 475-5233.
An endoscopy is a fairly straightforward procedure that involves the use of specialized instruments for viewing and/or operating on your body’s internal vessels and organs. Essentially, it enables doctors to view any issues within the body without having to make large incisions.
Here at Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP, in New Lenox, Joliet, and Oak Lawn, IL, we offer various endoscopy procedures. Our gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub, will determine which specific endoscopy procedure will be best for your condition.
Why You Might Need to Have an Endoscopy
Your gastroenterologist might recommend an endoscopy in the event that you are experiencing symptoms of these conditions:
- Stomach ulcer
- IBD or inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and UC or ulcerative colitis
- Chronic constipation
- Unexplained digestive tract bleeding
- Hiatal hernia
- GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Esophagus obstruction
- Blood in the urine
- Vaginal bleeding
- Other problems with the digestive tract
Likewise, your gastroenterologist will evaluate your specific symptoms, conduct a physical exam, and order blood tests before your endoscopy. These additional tests can give your gastroenterologist a closer look into your symptoms to determine what’s causing them.
What an Endoscopy Does
During an endoscopy, an endoscope, which is a slim flexible tube with a tiny camera at the end, will be inserted into your body through the mouth or a tiny incision. This allows your gastroenterologist to inspect problem areas without needing to make a large incision on your body.
The endoscopy procedure is commonly used for:
- Helping doctors figure out possible causes of abnormal symptoms.
- Removing tiny tissue samples that will be sent to a laboratory for a biopsy. This is done when doctors suspect that a growth may be cancerous or malignant. You’ll learn of the results after a couple of days.
- Helping doctors view the body’s insides during surgery.
To Learn More about Our Endoscopy Procedures, Contact One of Our Offices in New Lenox, Joliet, or Oak Lawn
How your gastroenterologist in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, can help you feel better
There are many different types of abdominal pain. Abdominal pain can come on suddenly, or it can be a chronic occurrence and you’ve just become used to it. You shouldn’t ignore abdominal pain, because it can be a sign of something serious. Your gastroenterologist can help.
Dr. Kamran Ayub at Southwest Gastroenterology has effective treatments for abdominal pain. He has several convenient office locations in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, to help you feel better.
More about Abdominal Pain
You may be wondering what is causing your abdominal pain. The fact is, if abdominal pain happens suddenly, it can be a sign of:
- A bladder or kidney infection
- Kidney stones
- Appendicitis, diverticulitis, or cystitis
- Peritonitis or pancreatitis
- A urinary tract infection or gastroenteritis
If your abdominal pain is chronic and recurrent, it can be a sign of:
- Gastritis or celiac disease
- A hiatal or inguinal hernia
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- A peptic ulcer or ulcerative colitis
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
If your abdominal pain is progressive and gets worse over time, it can be a sign of:
- Hepatitis or Crohn’s disease
- Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
- Pancreatic, kidney, stomach, liver, or gallbladder cancer
Sometimes abdominal pain will go away on its own, but there are definite indications you should see your gastroenterologist. For instance, make an appointment with your gastroenterologist immediately if you have:
- A high fever and severe pain
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Sudden weight loss
- Blood in your stool
- Yellowing of your skin
- Abdominal swelling and tenderness
Your gastroenterologist may recommend diagnostic procedures to find the source of your abdominal pain. Common recommended procedures include an endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, abdominal ultrasound, or a combination of procedures.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
Don’t ignore abdominal pain. You can find relief by calling Dr. Kamran Ayub of Southwest Gastroenterology at (708) 475-5233. He has offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, to help you feel better, so call now!
Your pancreas plays an important role in your digestion, providing both the hormones and enzymes necessary to break down food and regulate blood sugar. As you might imagine, when your pancreas isn't functioning properly, there can be serious complications.
One possible cause of this faltering functionality is pancreatitis, a condition that is characterized by an inflammation of the pancreas. Whether acute or chronic, pancreatitis is both painful and damaging. While most cases of pancreatitis are caused by excessive alcohol consumption or gallstones, causes may also include hereditary disease, infection, medications, genetic abnormalities, surgery complications or trauma to the abdominal region.
Read on to learn more about pancreatitis, and if you are at all concerned that you may have developed the condition, contact your gastroenterologist, Kamran Ayub in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, for a medical evaluation.
The most common symptom of pancreatitis is abdominal pain which is especially prominent in the area of the pancreas, the middle and upper left portion of your abdomen. The pain may be worse after eating or lying on your back. The pain may come on suddenly and strongly, or increase gradually and last for a sequence of days. Other problematic signs include:
- Flu-like symptoms, including nausea, fever, chills, and dehydration.
- Weight loss, possibly combined with nutritional deficiencies
- Jaundice, which imparts a yellowish tone to your skin
- Rapid heartbeat
- A swollen or tender to the touch abdomen
- Lethargy or faintness
What will my gastroenterologist do to treat my pancreatitis?
A blood test and physical examination will likely be performed, and if your symptoms are determined to be caused by pancreatitis, your gastroenterologist may recommend in-hospital treatment, antibiotics, pain relievers, enzyme supplements, insulin treatment, or possibly surgery if you have gallstones.
You can help alleviate symptoms by abstaining from alcoholic beverages, eating a low-fat diet, and staying well hydrated.
Concerned? Give one our offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, a call
If you are suffering from pancreatitis, help is just a call away. Schedule a visit with your New Lenox gastroenterologist by dialing (708) 475-5233. Other offices are available in both Oak Lawn and Joliet, IL.