7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC
Gastroenterology located in Ocala, FL
If you’re experiencing persistent heartburn or gastric bleeding, you may benefit from an upper endoscopy to identify the cause of your symptoms. At 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC in Ocala, Florida, the experienced board-certified gastroenterologist, Vishnu Reddy, MD, performs upper endoscopy procedures at the on-site surgical center. To schedule an evaluation for your abdominal symptoms to see if you would benefit from an upper endoscopy, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Upper Endoscopy Q & A
What is an upper endoscopy?
An upper endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your specialist to evaluate your upper digestive system, including your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, which is the first section of your small intestine.
During the procedure, your specialist inserts a thin tube with a camera called an endoscope into your mouth and down through portions of your digestive system. The camera transmits a video of your upper digestive system that allows your doctor to look for abnormalities.
Why would I need an upper endoscopy?
Your primary care physician or gastroenterologist at 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC, explains why you need an upper endoscopy during a consultation. You may benefit from the diagnostic procedure to evaluate symptoms such as:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Gastric bleeding
- Unexplained weight loss
- Abdominal pain
The procedure may be used to confirm or rule out a diagnosis, such as gastric ulcers, celiac disease, or strictures.
How do I prepare for an upper endoscopy?
Your specialist at 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC, provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your upper endoscopy. You may be advised to modify your medication or vitamin regimen before your procedure. You may also be asked to not eat or drink anything for a set period of time before your upper endoscopy.
What happens during an upper endoscopy?
Your endoscopy is performed at the on-site surgery center, Central Florida Endoscopy & Surgical Institute of Ocala, LLC. It’s an outpatient procedure that usually takes no more than 30 minutes. Before the procedure begins, your specialist administers a local anesthetic to numb your throat. You may also be given a sedative to ease your anxiety.
Once you’re prepped, your specialist inserts the endoscope in your mouth through your esophagus, into your stomach, and your duodenum. If your specialist finds any abnormal tissue, a sample may be taken for further evaluation.
After your upper endoscopy, you’re taken to a recovery area until the side effects of your sedative have worn off, and then you’re sent home. You can’t drive after the procedure, and you need to arrange a ride home.
Your specialist at 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC, schedules a follow-up appointment to review the results of your procedure.
For comprehensive care from an experienced team, contact 7 Hill Gastroenterology, LLC, by phone or request an appointment online today.