If you or someone you know has been scheduled for an endoscopy of your digestive tract, you may have some questions about the procedure. Gastroenterologist Dr. Omer Masood has answered a few of the inquiries he receives from his patients at DigestiveCareNY, his gastroenterology practice in East Meadow, New York.
What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy, also known as an EGD or an upper GI, is a diagnostic procedure that your East Meadow gastroenterologist uses to diagnose a variety of digestive issues. A tiny camera affixed with a light is attached to a thin tube that is placed into your digestive tract through your mouth. This allows your East Meadow gastroenterologist, Dr. Omer Masood, to view the inner workings of your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine on a screen placed next to you. An endoscopy is a 15- to 20-minute outpatient procedure that typically uses an intravenous sedative; this will make you drowsy, and you will likely not remember the procedure when you wake up.
Why do I need an endoscopy?
When patients who need endoscopies visit Dr. Omer Masood at DigestiveCareNY, they often complain of frequent heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea or swallowing problems. These symptoms can indicate conditions such as ulcers, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), infections or tumors. Your East Meadow gastroenterologist can more accurately diagnose and treat digestive problems through the use of an endoscope.
How do I prepare for an endoscopy?
The typical preparation for endoscopy involves the restriction of food and drink (with the exception of clear liquids) after midnight on the day before your procedure. Clear liquids should be stopped at least 4 hours before the scheduled start time of the endoscopy to ensure your East Meadow gastroenterologist will have an unobstructed view of your digestive tract. You should also plan to have a friend or family member drive you home after your endoscopy, as you may still be drowsy from the sedative.
If you have further questions or concerns about an endoscopy, feel free to contact DigestiveCareNY to speak to one of our gastroenterology professionals in East Meadow.