If you have severe or chronic abdominal pain or other disruptive gastrointestinal symptoms, Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, offer endoscopy services at their practice in Houston to diagnose and sometimes treat gastrointestinal diseases. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your doctor to examine the lining of your digestive tract without having to make an incision in your body. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which your doctor uses an endoscope to examine the inside of your digestive tract. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light and a camera on its tip that sends images from inside your body to a video monitor in the treatment room.
Dr. Leggett and Dr. Lee offer endoscopy procedures for your upper and lower digestive tracts. An upper endoscopy is sometimes called esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) while a lower endoscopy is also called a colonoscopy.
The team uses endoscopy to examine your digestive tract to diagnose a wide range of conditions, including:
Endoscopy is a powerful diagnostic tool. For example, your doctor may suggest the procedure if you have symptoms such as:
Gastrointestinal symptoms can severely impact your health and quality of life. Don’t ignore these warning signs of disease or brush them off.
Preparing for endoscopy depends on whether you have an upper or lower procedure. If you have an EGD, you need to avoid eating for at least eight hours before your appointment to ensure your stomach is empty.
However, if you have a colonoscopy, your doctor gives you a clear liquid diet to follow for 72 hours before your procedure as well as laxatives and an enema.
Your doctor provides customized instructions during your consultation to help you prepare. Make sure to let them know about any other health conditions as well as any medications or supplements you take regularly.
During your endoscopy, your doctor gives you a mild sedative to help you stay comfortable during your procedure. Then, they insert the endoscopic device either into your throat and esophagus or your colon and study the images delivered to the monitor. If they find abnormal tissue, they may take a biopsy for further testing.
After your procedure, you spend some time recovering from your sedative, and you need to pass wind before your doctor releases you to go home. The sedative may leave you groggy, so arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home.
If you’ve been given a referral for an endoscopy, call the office of Philip L. Leggett, MD, or schedule a consultation online today.