A gastroscopy, or upper endoscopy, is an endoscopy used to diagnose problems like stomach ulcers. Experienced gastroenterologist Vikram Jayanty, M.D., P.A., offers on-site gastroscopy at his private practice, Vikram S. Jayanty M.D., to make your procedure fast and easy. Call the Houston, Texas, office now or click on the provided appointment tool to schedule your gastroscopy.
A gastroscopy, or upper endoscopy, examines the top part of your digestive tract. During this procedure, Dr. Jayanty advances a thin, flexible tube through your mouth. The tube (the endoscope) has a tiny camera that records your digestive tract in real-time.
Dr. Jayanty examines your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine in great detail on a monitor so he can look for problems and make a diagnosis.
Depending on what he discovers, Dr. Jayanty can use specialized surgical instruments to remove a small amount of tissue for testing (biopsy). He can also make any needed repairs inside your digestive tract.
You might need an upper endoscopy if you’re having symptoms like:
Dr. Jayanty can use a gastroscopy to diagnose upper GI problems like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus), Barrett’s esophagus, stomach ulcers, and stomach and esophageal cancer.
Before your gastroscopy, you’ll receive a specific list of instructions. Just as with colonoscopy and other kinds of endoscopy, a clear digestive tract allows for the best visualization.
This means that you must fast for at least 4-6 hours before your procedure. You might be able to take small sips of water, but your stomach needs to be empty for ideal results.
You’ll receive a numbing throat medication before your gastroscopy, which won’t make you drowsy. Some patients prefer to be sedated as well. If you have sedating medication before your gastroscopy, you can’t drive afterward, so you should arrange for a ride ahead of time.
After your gastroscopy, you’ll be able to return home that day. You’ll come in for a follow-up appointment to discuss your results, including biopsy findings. At that time, Dr. Jayanty explains your diagnosis and any treatments you might need.
A gastroscopy is a safe and dependable way to get necessary information about your digestive tract and overall health, especially when done by an esteemed expert like Dr. Jayanty.
Call Vikram S. Jayanty M.D. now or click the online appointment maker to schedule your gastroscopy.