An endoscopy shows your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist the inside of the digestive tract. This type of procedure allows for a close-up view of areas like the colon and also allows the doctor to do a biopsy if needed. Upper East Side and East Harlem, New York, patients can trust the Fifth Avenue GI team for their endoscopy and all their gastroenterology needs.
During an endoscopy, your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist uses an endoscope equipped with a miniature camera to obtain an inside view of your digestive tract.
Endoscopy can be both a diagnostic tool and a surgical tool. There are many different types of endoscopy, but the ones used at Fifth Avenue GI focus on either your lower digestive tract -- the colonoscopy -- or your upper digestive tract (the upper endoscopy).
Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist will provide a list of preparation guidelines for your endoscopy. Typically, you'll have to fast for 12 hours before the procedure, though the exact instructions vary. You may also have to use an enema the night before your endoscopy, as this allows for a clear view of your colon.
You may need to stop taking certain medications for a few days before your endoscopy, so be sure to provide a full list of your current prescription and over-the-counter medications to your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist.
Arrange for a family member or a friend to take you to your appointment and then take you home after the endoscopy, as you'll still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia.
The two most common types of gastroenterology endoscopy, the upper endoscopy and the colonoscopy, both take less than half an hour. After your procedure, you'll stay in the recovery area for about 30 additional minutes, and you can then return home.
After your endoscopy, you won't be in pain. However, you may have a bit of lingering drowsiness due to the anesthesia.
Expect some mild cramping, gas, and soreness, but this will decrease within just a few hours or less. It may take several days to have a bowel movement again — remember, your colon is empty after a colonoscopy.
Are you looking for answers about your gastrointestinal problems? An endoscopy may be precisely what your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist needs to find those answers. You can use our online appointment tool now to arrange a visit with a leading East Harlem/Upper East Side gastroenterologist.