Endoscopy Specialist

Clifton Surgery Center

Surgery Center located in Clifton, NJ

When your symptoms suggest a problem in your gastrointestinal tract, an endoscopy can determine the underlying cause and treat the issue. The experts at Clifton Surgery Center have extensive experience performing endoscopic procedures and evaluating your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. If you have questions about their procedures or need to schedule an endoscopy, call the office in Clifton, New Jersey.

Endoscopy Q & A

Clifton Surgery Center

What is an endoscopy?

An endoscopy is a procedure to examine the inside lining of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Your surgeon performs the procedure with an endoscope, which is a narrow, flexible tube that contains lighting and a camera.

As the endoscope is gently advanced through your GI tract, the camera sends images to a computer monitor so your surgeon can see inflammation, growths, or other problems in the lining.

Who may need an endoscopy?

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as abdominal pain, swallowing difficulties, indigestion, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea, an endoscopy can determine the underlying cause. A few examples of health conditions diagnosed using an endoscopy include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Colon polyps and cancer

What are the different types of endoscopies?

In addition to being a diagnostic tool, endoscopies can also treat your underlying condition. The endoscope accommodates specialized surgical tools that remove polyps or tissue for a biopsy, open a blockage, or stop bleeding.

The types of endoscopic procedures performed at Clifton Surgery Center include:

  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy or upper GI endoscopy: used to examine your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the upper part of your small intestine)
  • Colonoscopy or lower GI endoscopy: used to examine your rectum and the full length of your colon (large intestine)
  • Sigmoidoscopy: used to examine your rectum and sigmoid colon (the lower, curved portion of your colon just above the rectum)

What should you expect during an endoscopy?

Before your endoscopy, you’ll receive instructions about when to stop eating food and information on procedures to cleanse your colon if you’re having a colonoscopy. Your surgeon can’t examine your colon walls unless they’re clear of waste.

You’ll receive intravenous sedation, pain medication, or anesthesia, depending on your procedure. Sedation keeps you comfortable and relaxed during the procedure, although you may feel pressure as the endoscope moves through your GI tract.

Colonoscopies usually take about 30-60 minutes, depending on whether any polyps are found and how many your surgeon removes. A typical endoscopy takes about 15-30 minutes, while a sigmoidoscopy lasts about 20 minutes. After the procedure, you’ll spend time in recovery while your sedation wears off, and then you’re free to go home.

If your doctor has recommended an endoscopy, call Clifton Surgery Center.