Endoscopy Specialist

Vikram S Jayanty, M.D. -  - Gastroenterologist

Vikram S Jayanty, M.D.

Gastroenterologist located in Houston, TX

The term “endoscopy” covers a range of minimally invasive procedures that examine and treat problems in the digestive tract. At Vikram S. Jayanty M.D., the private medical practice of experienced gastroenterologist Vikram Jayanty, M.D., P.A., several endoscopic procedures are available in the on-site endoscopy suite. Call the Houston, Texas, office or click the online scheduler to make your appointment now.

Endoscopy Q&A

What is endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a procedure done using an endoscope, a flexible tube containing a miniature video camera. The endoscope fits through a natural opening in your body (your mouth or anus).

Dr. Jayanty examines part of your digestive tract on a nearby monitor from the inside. He might, if necessary, also treat some situations during an endoscopy. Dr. Jayanty does most endoscopic procedures in his well-equipped on-site endoscopy suite.

What are the different kinds of endoscopy?

The several types of endoscopy include:

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

An EGD, also called gastroscopy or upper endoscopy, examines your stomach and esophagus.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

ERCP is an upper endoscopy with X-rays.

Endoscopic ultrasound

An endoscopic ultrasound combines any kind of endoscopy with an ultrasound.

Capsule endoscopy

A capsule endoscopy starts with swallowing a “pill” containing a miniature camera. As the capsule moves through your body, it records many images that Dr. Jayanty can examine to look for problems.

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)

During a PEG, Dr. Jayanty uses endoscopic visual guidance to insert a feeding tube into your stomach. The tube ends outside your abdominal wall, allowing necessary nutrition to go directly to your stomach in cases where you can’t take it by mouth.

Gastroscopy

A gastroscopy examines your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is an endoscopic procedure where Dr. Jayanty examines your large intestine and rectum. It’s the most common method of colorectal cancer screening.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is similar to but less invasive than a colonoscopy. It examines only the rectum and the lower part of the large intestine.

A few other kinds of endoscopy are available. Dr. Jayanty is an endoscopy expert who can skillfully perform any endoscopic procedures you might need.

When might I need an endoscopy?

You might need an endoscopy if you have symptoms like:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Swallowing problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Acid reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Upper GI tract bleeding
  • Bowel habit changes
  • Blood in stool
  • Bowel urgency

While most endoscopies are diagnostic, Dr. Jayanty also does some treatments through endoscopy. For example, he can remove abnormal growths like polyps during your endoscopic procedure.

A colonoscopy is unique among endoscopic procedures because one of its primary purposes is colorectal cancer screening. Everyone over 50 needs colorectal cancer screenings, but you might need to start them earlier based on your risk factors. Colonoscopy saves lives because it detects abnormal tissue before it turns into cancer.

Call Vikram S. Jayanty M.D. now or click the online booking tool to schedule your endoscopy.