When searching for the underlying cause of your abdominal pain or ongoing nausea and vomiting, you may need an endoscopy. Board-certified general surgeon Timothy Teslow, MD, and the team at his practice, Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C., perform endoscopy procedures. To schedule your diagnostic procedure, call the office in Fairbanks, Alaska, today.
An endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that evaluates the lining of your upper gastrointestinal tract, including your esophagus, stomach, and first portion of your small intestine (duodenum).
During an endoscopy, your provider at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. uses an endoscope to evaluate the lining of these gastrointestinal organs. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube that has a light and camera and transmits images to a computer screening, allowing your provider to closely examine the tissues to look for signs of abnormalities.
Doctors perform endoscopy procedures for many reasons. You may benefit from an endoscopy to find the underlying cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, or nausea and vomiting.
An endoscopy may be used for diagnostic purposes to identify a condition that involves the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as cancer, esophagitis, or stomach ulcers. The team at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. also uses endoscopy to perform procedures, such as removing polyps or widening a narrow esophagus.
In order for the team to get the best results from your endoscopy, your upper gastrointestinal tract needs to be clear of food and debris. They provide specific instructions on the steps you need to take to prepare for your endoscopy.
In general, they recommend you stop drinking and eating up to eight hours before your procedure. The team may also request that you stop taking any blood-thinning medications or supplements a few days prior to your endoscopy to prevent bleeding.
Before starting your endoscopy, your provider at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. gives you a sedative to ease anxiety and discomfort during your procedure. They also spray a numbing agent on your throat.
You then lie on an exam table. Your doctor inserts the endoscope into your mouth and slowly advances it through your upper gastrointestinal tract. You may feel some pressure, but no pain.
They may take samples of any abnormal tissue they find during your endoscopy.
Your endoscopy may take 15-30 minutes. Afterward, the team takes you to the recovery area for monitoring. You must have someone drive you home after the procedure and should plan to take the rest of the day off.
Call the office of Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. to schedule your endoscopy.