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Endoscopy services offered in Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Endoscopy services offered in the greater Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ area

An endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that evaluates the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract. Shakti Singh, MD, and the team provide comprehensive gastroenterology services at Premier Gastro Care in Phoenix, Arizona, including endoscopy procedures. Call the office today or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation to learn more about endoscopy.

What is endoscopy?

An endoscopy is a procedure that uses a special camera to view the inside of your body without having to make large surgical incisions. The gastroenterologists at Premier Gastro Care perform upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy to evaluate your esophagus, stomach, and first part of your small intestine (duodenum).

For the procedure, they use a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light and camera called an endoscope. They insert the endoscope into your mouth and slowly advance it through your upper GI.

The camera transmits moving images of your digestive tract onto a computer screen, allowing your gastroenterologist to look for abnormalities.  

I have heartburn all the time. Should I have an endoscopy?

Chronic heartburn is a concerning symptom that may benefit from an endoscopy. Chronic heartburn can damage the esophagus and cause problems like esophagitis, esophageal strictures, or Barrett’s esophagus.

The team at Premier Gastro Care may also recommend an endoscopy if you have other concerning symptoms, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, ongoing nausea and vomiting, or abdominal pain. 

An upper endoscopy can help the team diagnose GI conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastrointestinal cancers, or celiac disease. 

How do I prepare for an endoscopy?

The team at Premier Gastro Care gives you specific instructions on preparing for your endoscopy. You need an empty stomach for the gastroenterologist to get an accurate view of the lining of your upper GI tract.

They recommend you stop eating and drinking at least eight hours before the procedure. You may also need to modify your usual medication schedule. 

What happens during an endoscopy?

The team at Premier Gastro Care explains what happens during an endoscopy at your consultation so you know what to expect. They place an intravenous (IV) line in your arm, give you medication to help you relax during the procedure, and spray a numbing agent in your mouth to ease pain.

Your gastroenterologist inserts the endoscope and slowly advances it through. They may take samples of abnormal tissue or perform procedures (esophageal dilation) during your endoscopy.

You go to the recovery area following the procedure for monitoring, and then the team sends you home. You need to have someone drive you home after and rest for the remainder of the day.

Call Premier Gastro Care today or schedule your gastroenterology consultation online.