Endoscopy Doctor Evaluation

An endoscopy is a simple procedure where a tube is inserted to evaluate a patient’s digestive tract. A camera and light are attached to the end of the specialized instrument inserted into the body. Evaluating internal organs and vessels in this way is a highly specialized skill performed by a gastroenterologist.

An endoscopy is most often used in the esophagus, stomach and colon. While there are several other procedures involving an endoscopy, the two most common procedures are Colonoscopy and Upper GI Endoscopy.


Colonoscopy – The endoscope is inserted into the patient’s colon via the anus for the purpose of seeing ulcers, polyps and other problems that can cause bleeding and discomfort in patients.

Colonosocopy showing a healthy colon
A colonoscopy is used to view the colon and other organs associated with the lower digestive system.

Common reasons to get a Colonoscopy:

  • Difficulty going to bathroom (constipation)
  • Bowel incontinence (diarrhea)
  • Bleeding in stools
  • Discomfort in colon
  • Anemia (iron deficiency)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cancer Screening

Common diagnosis resulting from a Colonoscopy:

  • Polyps (growths on the lining of colon)
  • Cancer
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Colitis (ulcers of colon or rectum)
  • Diverticulitis

Upper GI Endoscopy – The endoscope is inserted through a patient’s mouth for the purpose of seeing the throat, esophagus, stomach and upper intestines.

Endoscopy Procedure
The Upper GI endoscopy procedure is typically done on an out-patient level with minimal discomfort to patients. This low-risk procedure is used to identify problems in the upper portions of the patient’s digestive system.

Common reasons to get an Upper GI Endoscopy:

  • Chronic heartburn
  • Pain swallowing
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Bleeding
  • Indigestion
  • Cancer Screening

Common diagnosis resulting from an Upper GI Endoscopy:

  • Ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Gastritis

Endoscopy Patient

Upper GI endoscopy and Colonoscopy are procedures that enable the doctor, called a gastroenterologist, to examine the digestive system using a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope. The results of these procedures will often help in the diagnosis and treatment of common and serious problems relating to the digestive system.

Useful Links for New York City Patients Needing an Endoscopy:

  • UPPER WESTSIDE GI (Center for Upper GI Endoscopies and Colonoscopies)
  • NYSGE (New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy)
  • UW Health (Preparing for Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy)
  • UW Health (Preparing for Colonoscopy)
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