With advances in medical technology, physicians like board-certified gastroenterologist Shahla Rah, MD, FACG, can use innovative tools to evaluate the health of your digestive system to confirm or rule out a diagnosis and screen for health concerns such as gastric ulcers and malabsorption. Some of the tools she uses at her Newport Beach and Irvine, California, offices include the upper endoscopy and capsule endoscopy. For an evaluation, call the office, or request an appointment online today.
An endoscopy is a diagnostic exam that uses a thin flexible tube outfitted with a camera and a light that allow Dr. Rah to evaluate your upper digestive system, including your esophagus, stomach, and upper portion of your small intestines.
Dr. Rah may recommend you undergo an endoscopy to evaluate the underlying cause of your abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing. Your endoscopy also looks for intestinal bleeding, malabsorption, and inflammation in your upper gastrointestinal tract, which may be used to diagnose digestive conditions such as celiac disease..
During an endoscopy, Dr. Rah may also be able to perform various procedures, such as a tissue biopsy, polyp excision, or removal of a foreign object.
To ease discomfort and anxiety, Dr. Rah may provide a sedative before she begins your endoscopy. She may also spray your throat with a numbing agent.
Once you’re prepared, Dr. Rah inserts the endoscope in your mouth then through your throat, into your esophagus, to your stomach, and then the upper portion of your small intestines. During the procedure, the endoscope is transmitting images to a video that allows Dr. Rah to assess the tissue and look for abnormalities.
After your exam, Dr. Rah has you spend time in the recovery area, and once you’re stable, she sends you home. Because of the sedative, she recommends you arrange to have someone drive you home after your endoscopy. She schedules a follow-up appointment to review the results of your exam and your treatment plan.
You may experience some throat discomfort, bloating, and gas after your endoscopy.
To minimize your discomfort, Dr. Rah offers what’s referred to as a capsule endoscopy using PillCam™. The PillCam is a capsule that you swallow. It captures images of your upper gastrointestinal tract, including your esophagus, stomach, and small bowel.
Dr. Rah offers the PillCam ESO to evaluate your esophagus, which can be performed in 30 minutes or less. She also offers the PillCam SBO, which gathers images of your entire small bowel.
To schedule your colon cancer screen or to learn more about your endoscopy and colonoscopy options, contact Shahla Rah, MD, FACG, today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.