Our Gastroenterology Blog
Posts for: June, 2020
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