Endoscopy Specialist

Andrew Bower, MD, FACS -  - General Surgeon

Northeast Oregon Surgical Clinic

Andrew Bower, MD, FACS

General Surgeon & Laproscopic Surgeon located in Pendleton, OR

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 Q & A

What is an endoscopy?

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.

  • Upper endoscopy: An upper endoscopy is commonly referred to as an “EGD” , or esophagogastroduodenoscopy. During an upper endoscopy, Dr. Bower feeds the endoscope through your esophagus and stomach to look for abnormalities and signs of disease.
  • Lower endoscopy: A lower endoscopy is also known as a colonoscopy, which is a procedure where the endoscope is inserted into your rectum and colon.

Why would I need an endoscopy?

Dr. Bower performs endoscopies for several reasons. He can investigate symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Other gastrointestinal problems
  • Colon cancer screenings

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.

What should I expect during endoscopy?

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.

What happens during recovery?

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.

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