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By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
May 24, 2018
Tags: Endoscopy  

Reasons For an  EndoscopyDo you need an endoscopy? Your gastroenterologist might suggest upper GI endoscopy, a procedure that uses a flexible endoscope to see inside the upper digestive tract. Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, TX, offers a full range of gastroenterology services to his patients, including endoscopies.

1. Abdominal Pain- Just about everyone will experience abdominal pain at one point or another. Abdominal pain can be achy, crampy, intermittent, or sharp. Some common causes of abdominal pain include constipation, indigestion, a stomach virus, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, ulcers, and food allergies. Upper GI endoscopy can be used to deterĀ­mine the cause of abdominal pain. With this procedure, you can be assured of the accuracy of the diagnosis. 

2. Nausea/Vomiting- Nausea is the sensation that you need to vomit. Vomiting is the involuntary, forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth. Nausea and vomiting are not diseases, but they are symptoms of many conditions. Nausea or vomiting may be caused by gastritis, ulcers, gallbladder disease, or food poisoning, or bulimia, and upper GI endoscopy is commonly used to help identify their causes. 

3. Chronic Heartburn- Heartburn, also known as acid indigestion, is a form of indigestion felt as a burning pain in the chest and is caused when stomach acid flows up into your esophagus. If you try medication and still have heartburn symptoms after a few months, your doctor might recommend an endoscopy to check for what might explain your troubles, like an ulcer or acid burns on the wall of the esophagus or stomach. 

4. GI Bleeding- Endoscopy is used most often to look for the cause of GI bleeding. Gastrointestinal bleeding (GI bleeding) is all forms of bleeding in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the rectum. When there is significant blood loss over a short time, symptoms may include vomiting black or red blood, black stool, or bloody stool. There are many possible causes of GI bleeding, including diverticulosis, diverticulitis, ulcers, inflammation, or tears in the esophagus, and Crohn's disease. 

5. Stomach Cancer- Houston doctors use upper endoscopy to screen for — and detect — stomach cancer. Stomach cancer begins when cancer cells develop in the inner lining of the stomach. Stomach cancer usually grows slowly over many years. There may be no symptoms of stomach cancer early on. Later, symptoms include heartburn, nausea, indigestion, and feeling bloated after eating. Endoscopy is more accurate than X-rays for detecting abnormal growths such as cancer. 

If you need an endoscopy, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. Jayanty at 713-932-9200 today to schedule an appointment in Houston, TX. People with digestive disorders often suffer for years because their conditions are inaccurately diagnosed and untreated. Our gastroenterologist will diagnose your condition, provide effective treatments, and improve the quality of your life.

By Officie of Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 15, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Endoscopy  

EndoscopyFind out if getting an endoscopy in Houston, TX could alleviate your stomach issues.

Are you dealing with unexplained abdominal pain or gastrointestinal issues? Do you experience nausea or stomach problems that you just can’t get to the bottom of? If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms your Houston, TX gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Jayanty can help. Find out more about getting an endoscopy and how it might be able to pinpoint the cause of your intestinal problems.

What is an endoscopy?

An endoscopy involves using a small, flexible tube—known as an endoscope—that contains both a light and a small camera to help your Houston gastroenterologist get a better look at the esophagus, stomach and top portion of your small intestines. The endoscope goes into your mouth where it is carefully guided down your esophagus into your stomach.

When might my Houston gastroenterologist recommend getting one?

An upper endoscopy may be recommended to determine the cause of abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn, bleeding, issues swallowing and vomiting.

Endoscopies are also great at detecting any inflammation, growths or ulcers in your digestive system. While X-rays can also detect tumors and other abnormalities, they aren’t as precise at detecting issues as an endoscopy is.

What does getting an endoscopy entail?

The procedure itself only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to perform. A local anesthesia will be applied to the back of your throat so you don’t experience any discomfort. Along with the anesthesia, we will also administer a sedative and pain reliever into your IV to help you relax. Once the medication has taken effect, we will have you lie down on your side and then we will insert the small scope into your mouth and eventually into your stomach.

Don’t let stomach problems get the better of you. Your Houston, TX gastroenterologist is here to diagnose and treat any and all GI conditions. Call us today to schedule an appointment and to find out more about endoscopies and your treatment options.