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Endoscopy Specialist

Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC

Board Certified Gastroenterologists located in Hattiesburg, MS

Are you experiencing unexplained abdominal pain or nausea? Do you suffer from chronic acid reflux? You may benefit from an upper endoscopy, which is a diagnostic procedure that evaluates the upper portion of your digestive tract. At Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, which has two locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the team of board-certified gastroenterologists performs endoscopies. To schedule a consultation, call the office nearest you or book online today.

Endoscopy Q & A

What is an endoscopy?

An endoscopy, also called an upper endoscopy, is a diagnostic procedure that evaluates the upper part of your digestive system, which includes your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first portion of your small intestine). 

During the procedure, your gastroenterologist uses a lighted, flexible tube called an endoscope to evaluate the tissue. 

Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC also offers the capsule endoscopy. During the minimally invasive test, you swallow a special pill with a camera that takes pictures of your intestines as it travels through the length of your digestive system. 

Why would I need an endoscopy?

The team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC may recommend an endoscopy for a number of reasons. You may benefit from the diagnostic procedure to detect:

  • Ulcers
  • Abnormal growths
  • Precancerous conditions
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Inflammation
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Gastric reflux
  • Bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease

The team may also recommend an upper endoscopy to find the cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, or swallowing difficulties. They may also recommend it if you have anemia or unexplained weight loss. 

How do I prepare for an endoscopy?

The team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC provides written instructions on how to prepare for your endoscopy. The goal of your preparation is to clear out all food and debris from your upper digestive system.

Your preparation may require you not to eat or drink up to eight hours prior to the procedure. You may also be asked not to smoke or chew gum during this time.

Your provider at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC may also request you modify your usual medication and supplement schedule to minimize the risk of bleeding. 

You cannot drive for up to 24 hours after upper endoscopy and the team requests you also arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure. 

What happens during an endoscopy?

The upper endoscopy is an outpatient procedure performed under sedation. During the procedure, your gastroenterologist inserts the endoscope in your mouth and through your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

The endoscope transmits video images of the tissue, allowing your gastroenterologist to look for signs of abnormalities, which they biopsy to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. 

After your endoscopy, you’re taken to the recovery area until the sedative wears off. Your gastroenterologist reviews the preliminary findings of your endoscopy and schedules a follow-up appointment if needed to develop your treatment plan. 

To get the answers you need to explain your gastrointestinal symptoms, contact Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC by phone or online today.