Endoscopy

Philip L. Leggett, MD -  - General Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD

General Surgery & Acid Reflux Treatment located in Houston, TX

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 Q & A

What is endoscopy?

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.

Why would I need an endoscopy?

The team uses endoscopy to examine your digestive tract to diagnose a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Ulcers
  • Precancerous conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus
  • Cancer of the esophagus, stomach, or colon
  • Colon polyps
  • Celiac disease

Endoscopy is a powerful diagnostic tool. For example, your doctor may suggest the procedure if you have symptoms such as:

  • Severe or chronic heartburn
  • Blood in your vomit
  • Black stools
  • Regurgitating food
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Pain in your abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling full after eating just a small amount of food
  • Feeling like you have food lodged in your esophagus
  • Painful or difficult swallowing

Gastrointestinal symptoms can severely impact your health and quality of life. Don’t ignore these warning signs of disease or brush them off.

How should I prepare for endoscopy?

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.

What happens during an endoscopy?

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.

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