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Why Might I Need an Endoscopy?

Wondering if endoscopy is necessary for determining the cause of your digestive problems?

An endoscopy is a diagnostic tool used by our New York, gastroenterologist Dr. Myron Goldberg to be able to examine certain digestive organs better to find out what’s causing your symptoms. An endoscopy involves placing a thin flexible tube known as an endoscope into the throat and guiding it into the stomach while the patient is under sedation. This procedure is often used to:

  • Pinpoint the cause behind your symptoms
  • Aid in performing certain arthroscopic surgeries
  • Biopsy suspicious tissue

Our New York gastroenterologist may recommend getting an endoscopy if:

You are experiencing dysphagia, or trouble swallowing: An endoscopy can detect inflammation, a constricted esophagus, or other problems that could be making it difficult to swallow food.

You are dealing with persistent stomach or abdominal pain: If you are dealing with stomach pains that keep reappearing or never go away, an endoscopy can detect inflammation, bleeds, ulcers, or other problems that could be causing your symptoms.

You have chronic diarrhea: Some numerous conditions and problems could lead to persistent diarrhea, and endoscopy can often pinpoint common causes including inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease), Celiac disease, or pancreatitis.

You experience persistent heartburn or acid reflux: If you are dealing with regular bouts of heartburn and indigestion, or your symptoms are severe, a gastroenterologist may recommend an endoscopy to look for Barrett’s esophagus. This condition typically occurs in those with chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and can alter the lining of the esophagus and increase your risk for throat cancer.

You are unexpectedly losing weight: Unexpected or unplanned weight loss can be startling, especially if this isn’t something you’re trying to do. It could also be a sign of certain gastrointestinal diseases such as peptic ulcer disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and even colon cancer. While endoscopy can be used to detect upper GI problems, your gastroenterologist may also recommend a colonoscopy to look for signs of colon cancer.

If you are dealing with recurring stomach pains, diarrhea, constipation, or other digestive problems then it’s time to contact our New York gastroenterologist to find out what’s going on. A simple endoscopy can shed a lot of light on the problems you are dealing with so that we can find the best solution to help you feel better.

To schedule a consultation with our New York gastroenterologist, call us today at (212) 583-2900.

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