A stomach doctor is referred to as an gastroenterologist, or “GI” doctor. Others think of them as an “Endoscopy Doctor” because of the procedure. Stomach doctors in New York City specialize in caring for patients who are experiencing issues with their throat, stomach, intestines and colon. But endoscopy doctors also provide recommendations for overall improvements to health and will evaluate the total health of the patient.
Procedures performed by stomach doctors include endoscopic procedures including a colonoscopy, upper endoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. The most common procedure is an endoscopy to diagnose diseases of the stomach, joints, urinary tract, heart, throat, nose and diseases of the ear.
What is an endoscopy procedure?
The doctor will insert a tool called an endoscope into a person’s mouth when evaluating the throat and stomach. These endoscopes are equipped with a light and miniature camera at the end with several types of specialized instruments that can take biopsies or perform other tasks. The doctor is evaluating the patient in real-time but also taking pictures of the patient for later analysis. The comfort of the patient is important, so doctors will often provide anesthesia to maintain the comfort of patients during the procedure.
Other tools the doctor may use during the procedure may include forceps for taking tissue samples, biopsy forceps and a cytology brush for removing tissue samples, and other tools. A dedicated medical facility such as Upper Westside GI will provide all the safety and professional resources for doctors to perform this procedure.
Why get an endoscopy?
Most patients want to see a stomach doctor in New York City because they are having discomfort or pain in their digestive system. Doctors may also provide treatment while performing an endoscopy, including minor incisions in the skin, called laparoscopic surgery, which can allow for various tasks. Laser therapy is also an option as is photodynamic therapy where a light-sensitive substance is injected into a tumor to destroy it. The purpose of an endoscopy is to provide a diagnosis and address the comfort of the patient. In some cases, cancer or pre-cancer can be a concern, so doctors are looking for an early diagnoses and treatment option to maintain the health of patients.
What is a colonoscopy?
A stomach doctor may also screen for colorectal cancer. The evaluative procedure can provide more information on the area of the body with discomfort or at risk of cancer. Sometimes, the doctor will remove growths called polyps which sometimes develop into cancer. The colonoscopy is a procedure where the doctor will explore the large intestines for the purpose of evaluating the rectum and colon. The tube used is a colonoscope for the purpose of locating any blood, cuts, ulcers, polyps, cancer or other issues that may exist. Similar to an endoscopy, the colonoscopy allows doctors to take samples while photographing the area being investigated.
What medicines do stomach doctors use?
There are a variety of medicines available to address issues with the digestive system, too many to list on this page but would typically include medicines to address discomfort, pain, cancer and healing of affected areas. You may visit http://www.medindia.net/drugs/medical-condition/abdominal-pain.htm to find out more information on drugs prescribed by stomach doctors to treat gastrointestinal issues.
New York City offers a number of options for getting colonoscopy screenings, including the hospital where Dr. Crespin currently examines patients (Upper Westside GI).
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