Downtown Gastro Medical Group
Daniel Brelian, M.D.
Gastroenterologist located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA
With an endoscopy, it’s possible to see what’s happening in your digestive tract on a TV screen. At Downtown Gastro Medical Group in Los Angeles, Dr. Daniel Brelian can diagnose and treat a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders, like acid reflux, stomach pain, or indigestion. To get started with a personalized consultation, call today or book online.
Endoscopy Q & A
What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy is a procedure that allows Dr. Brelian to examine the health of your digestive tract. With an endoscope — a flexible tube with a tiny camera attached to it — he is able to spot problems in different areas of your GI tract and make an accurate diagnosis.
In an upper endoscopy, the endoscope is inserted into your mouth and down through your esophagus. This allows Dr. Brelian to view your esophagus, your stomach, and the upper portion of your small intestine.
When the endoscope is inserted through your rectum and into your large intestine, this is generally referred to as a colonoscopy or a sigmoidoscopy.
Do I need an endoscopy?
Not all patients with gastrointestinal problems need an endoscopy, but it is a useful procedure if you have symptoms like:
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Sudden changes in your bowel habits
- Polyps in your colon
Dr. Brelian can determine if you would benefit from an endoscopy, as well as other tests or procedures that might help your condition.
An endoscopy is not only used as a diagnostic tool. Paired with special tools, it can allow Dr. Brelian to stop ulcers from bleeding, remove polyps from your colon, or take a tissue sample for a biopsy.
Is an endoscopy safe?
An endoscopy is a routine procedure for Dr. Brelian, and overall it is very safe. Like all medical procedures, a common risk is a negative reaction to sedation or anesthesia. Some patients might also experience bleeding or a perforation in the gut wall, but this is rare.
What results can I expect?
After your procedure, Dr. Brelian can discuss your results with you. If he has ordered a biopsy, it may take a few days for those results to come in. Some patients experience minor gas, bloating, or cramping after an endoscopy, but these symptoms improve with time.
Once Dr. Brelian understands what’s happening in your digestive tract, he can create a personalized treatment plan to help address your specific concerns or symptoms.
To schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Brelian, call today or book an appointment online.