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Murtaza Arif, MD -  - Gastroenterology

Katy Digestive Center

Murtaza Arif, MD

Gastroenterology located in Katy, TX

As a specialist in therapeutic endoscopy procedures, Murtaza Arif, MD, can accurately diagnose a number of digestive conditions and perform colon cancer screenings at Katy Digestive Center in Katy, Texas. Dr. Arif also provides endoscopy procedures to evaluate the health of your digestive tract and identify potential causes of pain using the latest technologies. Learn more about the diagnostic capabilities of an endoscopy by calling the office today or book a consultation online.

Endoscopy Q & A

What is an endoscopy?

An endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that uses a long, slender tube with an attached camera to get a closer look at the internal organs of the digestive tract.

Endoscopic technology can also be useful to diagnose common digestive diseases such as stomach ulcers or peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, acid reflux or GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, hiatal hernia, Helicobacter pylori stomach infection, and celiac disease.

Why do I need an endoscopy?

Dr. Arif may recommend an endoscopy to diagnose conditions affecting your digestive tract. This procedure allows him to closely inspect inner structures, such as:

  • Stomach
  • Esophagus
  • Small intestine

An endoscopy may confirm a specific diagnosis or help Dr. Arif rule out other causes of your symptoms.

What can I expect during an endoscopy?

An endoscopy is a safe and effective diagnostic procedure that Dr. Arif completes to investigate the causes of pain or confirm a suspected diagnosis.

To keep you comfortable, endoscopy procedures are mostly performed under deep sedation.

An endoscopy can last as long half an hour, depending on the reason for the test, and Dr. Arif can discuss what to expect during your consultation.

How long does it take to recover from an endoscopy?

Following your endoscopy, you may feel mild cramping or bloating in your abdomen if Dr. Arif uses the procedure to investigate your lower digestive tract. If he inserts the endoscope through your mouth to check out your upper digestive tract, you may feel soreness in your throat.

In many cases, you can expect to return home after a brief period of recovery to rest. Dr. Arif may recommend not driving or going back to work the same day if you received a sedative anesthetic.

An endoscopy can provide Dr. Arif with immediate results or provide enough information for him to recommend additional testing or the start of treatment. He can discuss his findings before you leave the appointment, so you’ll know what your next steps will be.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of an endoscopy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Arif today online or by calling the office.