When you’re having a problem with your stomach or intestines, you want to find relief as quickly as possible. That’s why Ven Kottapalli, MD, CNSP, and the team at GI Physicians Inc. offer endoscopy procedures. With this highly useful diagnostic tool, they can see what’s going on inside the affected part of your body. If you need a gastrointestinal diagnosis, schedule your endoscopy at their Lima, Ohio, office by calling or requesting one online.
An endoscopy is a type of exam that allows your GI Physicians Inc. provider to see what’s going on inside your body. The procedure gets its name, endoscope, from the tool used during the process. This is a long, thin tube with a tiny camera attached to one end.
During an endoscopy, your GI Physicians Inc. provider feeds the endoscope into your body to get a precise look at what’s going on internally. This procedure allows them to diagnose a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions or screen you for health concerns like colon cancer without the need for any incisions.
If you’re experiencing symptoms like abdominal pain and cramping, chronic constipation or diarrhea, or blood in your stool, your GI Physicians Inc. provider may recommend an endoscopy to determine the cause of your symptoms. An endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that helps provide an accurate diagnosis so you can get the best, most targeted treatment possible.
As gastroenterological specialists, the team at GI Physicians Inc. offers three separate types of endoscopy:
During this type of endoscopy, the endoscope (also called a colonoscope) is inserted through your rectum to allow your GI Physicians Inc. provider to see inside your large intestine. This allows them to screen you for colon cancer or diagnose conditions like Crohn’s disease.
If you’re experiencing unexplained stomach pain, your GI Physicians Inc. provider may perform this type of endoscopy. During this procedure, they feed the endoscope through your mouth, so your provider can see your esophagus and stomach to diagnose a number of conditions.
If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of tube insertion, ask your GI Physicians Inc. provider about PillCam™. With this type of endoscopy, you swallow a small capsule that contains a camera. As it passes through your body over the coming days, it takes thousands of pictures used to diagnose your problem.
Capsule endoscopy is particularly useful in diagnosing problems with the small intestine, which is challenging to reach via traditional endoscopy.
To learn more about your endoscopy options, call GI Physicians Inc., or request an appointment online today.