Tillman Medical Group

Gastroenterologist & Internal Medicine located in Vidalia, LA

As experienced gastroenterologist, C. R. Tillman, MD, use the latest advances in diagnostic testing at Tillman Medical Group in Vidalia, Louisiana. The gastroenterology team offers on-site, outpatient endoscopy procedures to quickly diagnose the cause of unexplained digestive disorders. If you need diagnostic testing for acid reflux or other digestive issues, call Tillman Medical Group or book an appointment online today.

Endoscopy Q & A

What is endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that can help diagnose common gastrointestinal conditions. The team at Tillman Medical Group uses specialized instruments with an attached camera to view the interior of your digestive tract.

Endoscopy procedures do not require incisions, and consist of going through the mouth (EGD) or rectum (colonoscopy) to diagnose unexplained symptoms. During an endoscopy, your provider can also take samples of suspicious tissue for further evaluation by a medical lab.

Why would I need an endoscopy?

At Tillman Medical Group, the gastroenterologists offer on-site endoscopy to confirm or rule out conditions like:

  • Ulcers
  • Gallstones
  • Infections
  • Blockages
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Rectal bleeding

Endoscopy can also be used to determine the root cause of unexplained digestive symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.

What can I expect after an endoscopy procedure?

The team at Tillman Medical Group do endoscopy procedures on an outpatient basis. You can expect to go home soon after the test is done.

In all cases, the providers give you a sedative to keep you comfortable and asleep during endoscopy. You will need time to recover and someone to drive you home.

It’s normal to feel some discomfort in your throat after an upper endoscopy or experience bloating or light rectal bleeding after a colonoscopy. Because of these issues, you should plan time to rest before going back to work or other activities.

Your Tillman Medical Group physician can discuss the results of your endoscopy before you leave. If they’re sending polyps or other tissue to a lab, it could take several days before your results come back.

If your provider discovers any issues during an endoscopy, they work with you on a treatment plan. The team customizes these plans to your individual needs and focuses on the long-term health and function of your digestive system.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of endoscopy, book an appointment online or by calling Tillman Medical Group today.