General Medical Care Big Spring, TX
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that uses an endoscope to examine the digestive tract. Endoscopes can be passed through the mouth and throat into the esophagus to examine the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine. Similarly, a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy is passed through the rectum and colon to view the large intestine.
Endoscopies are typically recommended for patients experiencing unexplained stomach pain, ulcers, gastritis, difficulty swallowing, digestive tract bleeding, chronic constipation, diarrhea, bowel issues, and growths in the colon.
Keep in mind, you will need to prepare for an endoscopy exam by fasting, and for a colonoscopy a laxative must be taken to clear the colon of stool. Generally, a sedative is provided to increase comfort during the procedure.