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Endoscopic Procedures Specialist

Associated Surgical Center

Multi Specialty Surgical Center located in Arlington Heights, IL

If you regularly experience digestive problems, you might benefit from an endoscopic procedure. Endoscopic procedures allow your doctor to view your internal organs without making surgical incisions. At Associated Surgical Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois, the team of expert surgeons offers an array of endoscopic procedures at their Chicagoland endoscopy lab. To request your appointment at Associated Surgical Center today, call the office or book an appointment online.

Endoscopic Procedures Q & A

What are endoscopic procedures?

Endoscopic procedures, or endoscopy, is a diagnostic procedure that involves your Associated Surgical Center provider using specialized instruments to view and operate on internal organs and other components of your body. This cutting-edge treatment technique enables your surgeon to diagnose and treat acute health problems without making any cuts or surgical incisions.

An endoscope is a flexible tube with a tiny, high-definition camera on the end. The camera feeds images to a digital monitor that your surgeon uses to operate or make medical observations. Your surgeon inserts the endoscope through a small incision or into an opening in your body, like your mouth or anus. 

Why would I need an endoscopic procedure?

Endoscopic procedures allow your Associated Surgical Center provider to examine organs and other internal parts of your body without making a large incision. At Associated Surgical Center, the team regularly uses endoscopic procedures to:

  • Determine the cause of abnormal symptoms
  • Remove a small sample of tissue for testing (biopsy)
  • Help your surgeon see during an operation

The team uses endoscopic procedures to diagnose and treat an array of conditions, including:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Stomach cancer
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Hiatal hernias
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding

You might also benefit from an endoscopic procedure if you’re suffering from an esophageal blockage or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). 

How do I prepare for an endoscopic procedure?

Before undergoing an endoscopic procedure, your Associated Surgical Center provider gives you a list of instructions. Usually, you’re asked to stop eating solid foods at least 12 hours prior to your appointment. Your surgeon might also ask you to take prescription laxatives or an enema before your endoscopic procedure to clear out your digestive tract. 

On the day of your endoscopic procedure, your surgeon conducts a physical exam and reviews your complete medical history, including any prior surgeries. Make sure to let your surgeon know about any prescription medications or nutritional supplements you’re taking. You should also alert your surgeon to any allergies you have. 

Last but not least, make sure to have a friend or family member on hand who can drive you home afterward. You’re placed under anesthesia during endoscopy, so you won’t be able to operate a vehicle for at least 24 hours.

What happens after my endoscopic procedure?

At Associated Surgical Center, the team performs endoscopic procedures on an outpatient basis. This means you return home on the same day of your procedure. 

Depending on the type of endoscopy you have, you might have a sore throat or an upset stomach. Follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions closely and get plenty of rest. 

To learn more about endoscopic procedures, make an appointment at Associated Surgical Center by calling the office or booking online today.

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