You’ve been told you need an endoscopy, but what does that mean, and why do you need one?
Basically, endoscopy allows your gastroenterologist to visually examine an organ without having to make a large incision. They are concerned with conditions like biliary tract disease, cancers, ulcers, or irritable bowel syndrome, that affect the stomach, intestinal tract, colon and organs involved in digestion.
There are several types of endoscopic procedures including gastroscopy, colonoscopy, enteroscopy, upper GI endoscopy and ERCP. There are few more types as endoscopies fall into different categories, based on the area of the body that they investigate.
Why do I need an endoscopy?
Your doctor may order an endoscopy if you’re having symptoms of any of the following conditions:
- Stomach ulcer
- Chronic constipation
- Hiatal hernia
- Blood in urine
- intense pain in the abdomen or have been diagnosed with digestive problems
- severe acid reflux or chronic heartburn
- family history of colon cancer
- over the age of 50
See your gastroenterologist on time
An endoscopy is not a test to delay if you are concerned about your stomach, colon and other digestive issues. If you have questions about endoscopy or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhavesh Thakkar – Endoscopy specialist in Ahmedabad, contact us.