When an Endoscopy Is Needed

Burlingame Gastroenterology & Hepatology is who to call to improve your digestive health. Dr. Ernest Ribera can help if you have been referred for an endoscopy in Burlingame, CA. Read more about the procedure and contact us today for diagnosis and treatment.

What Is an Endoscopy?

 An endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to help diagnose and treat digestive issues. An endoscope is inserted into the mouth and down the digestive tract. The endoscope has its own light source and helps your doctor examine the inside of your digestive tract. Your gastroenterologist views the images on a video monitor to identify and treat problems in the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the beginning of the small intestine).

When Is an Endoscopy Needed?

 There are several reasons a gastroenterologist may perform an upper endoscopy in Burlingame, CA. Endoscopies are often ordered due to:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Indigestion

 If you have these issues, or any other unexplained digestive symptoms, an endoscopy can help diagnose and treat you. Through the endoscope, your doctor can locate inflammation, ulcers, or tumors causing your symptoms. They can also remove polyps (benign growths) through the scope, and even biopsy a small sample of tissue for further testing.

What Can I Expect?

 To prepare for an endoscopy you need to have an empty stomach. Talk to your doctor about an exact time frame for fasting. At an endoscopy appointment, you are given sedatives.

You are monitored until all your medication wears off, and your gastroenterologist will review and share your results. You may have to wait for the results of a biopsy.

Schedule an Endoscopy Today

Dr. Ernest Ribera is here for you when you need an endoscopy in Burlingame, CA. If you have been referred for an endoscopy, or are having unexplained digestive troubles, contact Burlingame Gastroenterology & Hepatology at (650) 342-6506

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