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Gastrointestinal Symptoms

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Change of bowel habits, blood in your stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia, constipation, diarrhea, family history of colon cancer, personal history of colon polyps, personal history of breast cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other symptoms that may be related to gastrointestinal disturbances.

Anemia, abdominal pain, bloating, belching, loss of appetite, weight loss, heartburn, acid reflux, difficult or painful swallowing, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms that may be related to gastrointestinal disturbances.

Please call our office to make an appointment for a consultation with our gastroenterologist. This appointment will determine if you will need an endoscopy exam. If your insurance requires a referral from your primary care physician, we will help to get that referral for you. After you see the physician and an endoscopic exam is deemed necessary, our front office specialist will schedule the exam for you.

Please bring your insurance card, and emergency contact person’s name and phone number for our records. Also, have a list of your current medications and allergies. If you are having and endoscopy procedure, you will be instructed on how to prep for the exam by one of the office nurses who will also schedule your exam for another day. Arrange to have someone bring you and drive you home on the day of the exam. We cannot let you drive or take the cab or bus home.

An endoscopy takes between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on what is found, (i.e., multiple polyps, that can be removed during the exam). You will be asked to arrive at the endoscopy center 45 minutes prior to your exam time in order to sign a consent form and post-procedure instructions. A nurse will go over your medical history and place a small intravenous catheter in your vein in order for the physician to administer sedative medication that will make you sleepy during the procedure. You will be monitored in the recovery area for at least 30 minutes after the procedure. Total time in our facility for an endoscopy exam is usually 2 to 2.5 hours.

You will be asleep for the exam. Our board certified anesthesiologist will be administering Monitored Anesthesia Care(MAC) sedation.

You will feel back to normal or a little sleepy after the procedure. Most patients report that they go home and take a nap and resume regular activities the next day.

Yes. Your physician will write his findings and instructions on the post procedure instruction sheet and he will go over all the findings. He will give you a color copy of your pictures and send a copy to your primary care physician on the same day. Your physician will either request a follow-up appointment or call you with the results of the exam. It takes approximately 3-5 days for your physician to get a report back from the pathologist if biopsies or polyps were taken.


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