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An endoscopy is a diagnostic test that allows a gastroenterologist to look inside your digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, and colon) to look for problems that may be causing symptoms like chronic acid reflux and heartburn, which are among the most common digestive problems in the United States. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, as many as 15 million Americans suffer from heartburn every day, and up to 60 million experience symptoms at least once a month. If you are suffering from chronic acid reflux and heartburn (also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD), your gastroenterologist may recommend an endoscopy. Dr. Indran Indrakrishnan, a gastroenterologist in Lawrenceville, GA, offers a range of services including endoscopy, colonoscopy, and colon cancer screenings.

Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Services in Lawrenceville, GA

Your gastroenterologist may order an endoscopy of your upper or lower GI tract depending on your symptoms and digestive issues. Endoscopies are a minimally invasive procedure and are typically recommended to find the cause of digestive issues and symptoms, and in some cases to treat problems including:

  • Chronic heartburn or acid reflux
  • Screen for colorectal cancer or cancers of the digestive tract
  • Biopsy suspicious growths or tissue
  • Remove polyps
  • To treat bleeding
  • Remove foreign object

How Does Endoscopy Work?

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed with an endoscope, a small fiber-optic instrument with attached lights, and a camera that sends images of your GI tract to your gastroenterologist. To minimize discomfort as the endoscope passes down through your esophagus, you will most likely be given a mild sedative or topical analgesic spray. Although it is minimally invasive, there is a preparatory and mild recovery window that typically lasts 24 hours after the procedure.

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