If you have a gastrointestinal problem like acid reflux or Barrett’s esophagus, you may need an endoscopy for a diagnosis. At Northeast Oregon Surgical Clinic, Andrew Bower, MD, FACS, provides both upper and lower endoscopy procedures to diagnose and treat health problems. Call or schedule an appointment online today to get the expert medical care you need.
Endoscopy is a procedure that allows Dr. Bower to see inside your digestive tract without having to make an incision in your body. He can use endoscopy to examine your upper or lower gastrointestinal tract.
An endoscope is a long, slender surgical tube with a light and a camera on its tip. The camera sends pictures back to a video screen in the treatment room.
Dr. Bower performs endoscopies for several reasons. He can investigate symptoms such as:
He can take biopsies to test for diseases, screen for colon cancer, and gather information for accurate diagnosis. He also treats certain conditions. For example, he can remove polyps, remove foreign objects, or perform ablation procedures to stop bleeding.
For an EGD you are required to fast after midnight. For a colonoscopy you are required to begin a liquid diet the day before your procedure and start a colon prep that Dr Bower will instruct you on. During your procedure, you take a mild sedative to keep you relaxed and calm.
Once you’re prepared, Dr. Bower inserts the endoscope and looks at the images of your gastrointestinal tract. He looks for signs of inflammation, abnormal growths, or other issues that could be causing your symptoms.
Endoscopy is usually an outpatient procedure. You relax while your sedation wears off. You’re encouraged to get up and walk around as soon as you feel able. When you have a lower endoscopy, your colon is inflated with a gas and gentle movement helps it leave your body.
If you need an upper or lower endoscopy, call or schedule an appointment online today to talk with Dr. Bower about your needs.