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Specialists in Gastroenterology

Board Certified Gastroenterologists located in St. Louis, MO

Endoscopy is a highly flexible procedure used for both diagnosis and treatment of GI conditions. At Specialists in Gastroenterology, the board-certified gastroenterologists use endoscopy to diagnose and treat Barrett’s esophagus, peptic ulcer disease, and other troubling foregut conditions. For endoscopy from GI experts in St. Louis, Missouri, call the office or book an appointment using online scheduling today.

Endoscopy Q & A

What is endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which Specialists in Gastroenterology uses a miniature camera to view a portion of your gastrointestinal tract. 

There are many types of endoscopy, and the exact method varies based on the area being examined and your specific needs.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

EGD, or upper endoscopy, is a test in which your doctor examines your upper digestive tract, including your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum). 

Your doctor may use EGD to diagnose and treat conditions like GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, ulcers, and esophageal strictures. 

Ultrasound endoscopy

An ultrasound endoscopy, or endoscopic ultrasound, combines endoscopy and ultrasound imaging. Endoscopic ultrasound is a tool for diagnosing tumors in the foregut, pancreas, and biliary system. 

Specialists in Gastroenterology may also use endoscopic ultrasound to diagnose and evaluate common bile duct stones and main pancreatic duct stones, as well as chronic pancreatitis. 

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

ERCP is a combination procedure that includes X-ray and endoscopy. Specialists in Gastroenterology uses ERCP to examine, diagnose, and treat issues in your liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and bile ducts.

Capsule endoscopy

A wireless capsule endoscopy is a procedure in which you swallow a capsule containing a miniature camera. The camera captures images as it moves through your intestine, relaying them to a recorder that you wear at your waist. 

Capsule endoscopy can help your doctor diagnose small intestine problems. You may also need this test in an iron deficiency/anemia workup.  

How do I prepare for endoscopy?

Before your endoscopy, Specialists in Gastroenterology gives you specific preparation instructions. Every type of endoscopy has its own requirements, which may include:

  • Fasting
  • Using a bowel prep
  • Taking laxatives
  • Temporarily discontinuing certain medications

Be sure to follow all instructions closely. If you don’t prepare for your endoscopy properly, it can interfere with accurate results and require retesting.

For St. Louis GI endoscopy procedures of all types, you can rely on Specialists in Gastroenterology. Call the office or click the online booking tool today.