Endoscopy

Mordecai Dicker, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Great Neck, NY

Endoscopy is an invaluable tool for diagnosing conditions of the upper digestive tract — your stomach, esophagus, and the start of your small intestine. If you need to undergo this procedure, you couldn’t choose a better doctor than Mordecai Dicker, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist practicing in Great Neck, New York. Dr. Dicker has considerable expertise in performing endoscopies, so call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment using the online form.

Endoscopy Q & A

What is endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure Dr. Dicker uses to diagnose conditions affecting your esophagus, stomach, and the upper part of your small intestine. He can also use endoscopy to treat conditions like bleeding peptic ulcers.

An endoscope is a narrow tube with a tiny camera and a light at one end that Dr. Dicker passes down your throat. The endoscope sends a live video image of your insides to a monitor, providing a clear picture of the tissues so Dr. Dicker can check for any abnormalities or signs of disease.

Why would I need an endoscopy?

Dr. Dicker uses endoscopy to get detailed information about what could be causing symptoms like:

  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Acid reflux/heartburn

Using the endoscope, Dr. Dicker can also take biopsies or tissue samples for analysis, and if you have a bleeding ulcer, he can seal the wounds with special instruments that he passes down the endoscope.

What happens during an endoscopy?

Before your endoscopy, you need to fast to make sure your stomach and small intestine are empty. If your stomach isn’t empty, Dr. Dicker won’t be able to get a clear picture of the tissues in your stomach and small intestine, so it’s vital that you stop eating for the right length of time.

Patients usually have an endoscopy done under sedation rather than a general anesthetic. The sedative makes you feel sleepy, relaxed, and unconcerned about the procedure. When the sedative has taken effect, Dr. Dicker passes the endoscope down your throat and into your stomach to carry out his investigation.

Afterward, you stay in the recovery area until you come round from the sedative, at which point Dr. Dicker can discuss what he found during your endoscopy. You should feel OK after about an hour, but you might have a sore throat and you must have someone drive you home.

Dr. Dicker is an expert in the use of balloon dilation with endoscopy to stretch a narrowed esophagus. This involves inflating a small balloon in your esophagus to stretch tissues that are causing narrowing of the esophagus usually due to chronic acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Dr. Dicker is one of the very few providers who use the balloon dilation technique, which offers many patients significant benefits.

To find out more about endoscopy or to schedule a consultation, call Mordecai Dicker, MD, today or book an appointment online.