What is an Endoscopy? The Center for Digestive Medicine Explores Common Questions

The Center for Digestive Medicine explores commonly asked questions regarding the endoscopy procedure. 

So, what is an endoscopy? 

An endoscope consists of inserting a tube that has a camera attached into the esophagus to get a closer view of the lining and to identify any polyps or cancerous areas that may exist. A patient is usually sedated before the procedure begins. 

Who should get an endoscopy?

After the age of 40, it is advisable to get an endoscopy. If a patient experiences heartburn that is resistant to pharmaceutical treatment, then it is a good idea to get an endoscopy. According to Dr. Hashem El-Serag, "Chronic acid reflux causes Barrett's esophagus and also is the leading risk factor for esophageal cancer. An endoscopy will help their doctor monitor any possible cancer growth so it can be removed early to increase their chances of living longer, healthy lives."[1]

How long does an endoscopy take?

Endoscopies typically last around five minutes. Endoscopies are safe, but occasionally patients may experience soreness of the throat after the procedure. 

About the Center for Digestive Medicine: The Center for Digestive Medicine is the premier gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) practice serving the Miami-Dade, Florida area that comprises three physicians and three ARNPs with a clinic and an Office-based endoscopy center within the same location for your convenience. Our providers utilize the most advanced equipment, current techniques, and medications to treat all aspects of gastroenterology related diseases including but not limited to: colon cancer screening, treatment of disease of the liver and pancreas, management of GERD, inflammatory bowel syndromes such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. The Center for Digestive Medicine is perfect for those looking for a gastroenterologist in South Miami.


1. Baylor College of Medicine (2015, May 6) Endoscopy: How does it work and what are the benefits? Retrieved from: https://blogs.bcm.edu/2015/05/06/endoscopy-how-does-it-work-and-what-are-the-benefits/

Source: The Center for Digestive Medicine


Categories: Gastroenterology/Intestinal Diseases

Tags: cancer screening, endoscopy, gastroenterology

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