Any number of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, or gastrointestinal bleeding, could leave you wondering what’s causing them. Men and women around Manhattan’s Upper East Side have come to rely on William E. Pullano, MD, a gastroenterologist and internal medicine physician, to get to the bottom of these issues, often through endoscopic screening. To alleviate these symptoms today, call Dr. Pullano’s self-titled practice or schedule an appointment online.
An endoscopy is a procedure in which a gastrointestinal specialist visually examines the upper digestive system with an endoscope, a long, flexible tube equipped with a camera that is inserted down your throat to examine the upper digestive tract.
This procedure requires the use of sedation for a smooth, comfortable, and thorough exam. Dr. Pullano is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for the prevention and treatment of digestive issues. He treats every patient with respect and strives to make sure they’re all well versed and comfortable with any procedure.
Dr. Pullano can use endoscopy as an investigative screening to find out what’s giving you any number of unpleasant issues, such as vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, difficulty swallowing, or gastrointestinal bleeding,
This procedure is often used to help patients find relief and also to detect signs of cancerous developments in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
There are a few things you need to do to prepare for an endoscopy. In most cases, you will need to fast for about 4-8 hours before the endoscopy to create a clear and open path for Dr. Pullano to inspect.
If you’re taking any medication that causes blood thinning, be sure to let Dr. Pullano know, as he might have you stop taking this medication a few days before your endoscopy.
You can also prepare for your recovery before your endoscopy. Because this procedure requires the use of sedation, you will need some downtime to let the sedative wear off, so arrange to have a trusted friend or relative help you after the procedure.
For example, this person will need to drive you home after the endoscopy and make sure you’re back safe and sound. Dr. Pullano recommends the person stays with you until you are fully aware of yourself and surroundings.
If you’re struggling with pain in your abdomen, nausea, or vomiting, you may benefit from an endoscopy. To learn more about this procedure, call today or schedule an appointment online.