Here at Mordecai Dicker, MD, we are pleased to offer endoscopy services to our patients. This safe and quick procedure can be useful in a variety of medical circumstances, specifically when human body systems are concerned.
We most commonly perform endoscopies to investigate, confirm, and treat various issues associated with the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, female reproductive tract, respiratory tract, and ear. Endoscopy can also be used as treatment to remove polyps and/or tumors from the digestive tract.request an appointment
What is an endoscopy?
During an endoscopy a long, thin tube known as an endoscope is inserted into the body through an opening such as the mouth, anus, or a small incision to capture detailed images of the desired area.
Endoscopy is typically an outpatient procedure that can be completed in as little as 1 hour depending on your specific case. These minimally invasive procedures are performed to observe internal organs or tissues in greater detail or to aid in minor, minimally invasive surgeries such as “keyhole” surgery.
Prior to your procedure, we will discuss the pre and post operative instructions for your specific type of endoscopy as well as the risks associated with the procedure.
Risks may vary depending on your overall health and the type of endoscopy being performed.
Most patients should expect to fast in the 12 hours before their scheduled procedure, though this is not required for all types of endoscopy. In some cases, laxatives may be prescribed to clear the system the night before your procedure. Before beginning your procedure, your doctor will conduct a thorough examination and may ask questions about your medication, supplements you may be taking, and patient history.
Recovery will vary depending on the type of endoscopy performed, but most patients experience little to no downtime after the procedure.
Most patients will be released after a short period of observation following the procedure. In this time, we will monitor you closely and allow time for the sedative medication to wear off. It is important to make arrangements for someone to drive you home and to take the rest of the day off following your appointment due to the effect of the medication we will give to prevent pain.
While endoscopy is relatively safe, you may experience mild side effects such as a sore throat or soreness following the procedure. If you experience dark stool, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe or persistent abdominal pain, or if you vomit blood, contact your doctor immediately.
For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (516) 487-2444.