The digestive tract is a complex system that starts in your mouth and continues through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine, ending at the anus. Diseases and conditions that affect any part of the digestive tract can lead to significant symptoms. An upper endoscopy is a special procedure that enables Dr. Kerendian, Los Angeles upper endoscopy surgeon, to examine part of your digestive tract using a small camera.
The upper endoscopy, which is also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), can be used to diagnose and even treat conditions in the upper part of the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and the duodenum, orthe beginning of the small intestine. Dr. Kerendian, provider of upper endoscopy in Los Angeles, can use the EGD alone or in conjunction with an ultrasound and other procedures to create specialized procedures of hard-to-reach organs such as the pancreas, walls of the stomach, or esophagus. A special light can also be used to detect precancerous lesions.
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Dr. Kerendian, Los Angeles upper endoscopy doctor, may recommend an EGD for several reasons, including:
• Diagnosing gastrointestinal diseases, especially if you have gastrointestinal bleeding, abdominal pain, nausea, difficulty swallowing, or vomiting
• Collecting biopsy samples for Barrett’s esophagus, anemia, inflammatory conditions, or certain cancers
• Treating a variety of issues, including bleeding, polyps, or a narrow esophagus
As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur, but are typically rare in this case. Dr. Kerendian, provider of upper endoscopy in Los Angeles, will explain the benefits and risks of this procedure with you so you can make the best choice for your needs. You can reduce the risk of complications by following all dietary and medication instructions for preparation and aftercare.
Dr. Kerendian will explain how long it will take to get the results of your endoscopy, which can vary based on your situation. In some cases, your results might be available immediately, but biopsy results can take longer. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kerendian, Los Angeles surgeon.