So, your doctor scheduled you for an EUS procedure, and you want to know why.
Let’s talk a little bit about what this procedure is and what your doctor might be looking for.
What is an EUS procedure?
The acronym “EUS” stands for endoscopic ultrasound.
This procedure is performed using a long, thin tube (the endoscope) that is inserted into the body through the mouth or rectum. The endoscope has an imaging device attached to it (the ultrasound), that sends sound waves out to create a picture of your body’s interior.
Types of EUS tests
There are two different types of EUS tests: upper endoscopy procedures and lower endoscopy procedures.
As the name implies, upper EUS procedures examine the parts of your digestive track above your waistline. If your doctor wants to inspect your esophagus or stomach, they’ll use this process. Lower EUS procedures, on the other hand, are used to examine the “bottom” part of the digestive system: the colon, rectum and other parts of the large intestine.
Why did your doctor schedule an EUS?
There are many reasons why a doctor might recommend an endoscopic ultrasound. For example, they might recommend one when a patient is suffering from abnormal or chronic pain in the stomach or chest. They might also recommend it if a patient is having trouble swallowing.
In some cases, EUS tests are scheduled when a doctor sees abnormal tissue or signs of a growth in other imaging scans.
What do EUS procedures diagnose?
This procedure is used in the diagnosis of diseases and conditions in the digestive system. It is also used to diagnose diseases and conditions in organs surrounding the digestive organs.
Here are some examples:
- Cancer (esophageal, stomach, colon, etc.).
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
- Gallbladder inflammation and gallstones.
It’s important to note that your doctor scheduling an EUS is not a diagnosis. You’re likely experiencing discomfort, and your doctor scheduled this exam to try to identify the problem’s cause.
What to expect from an EUS exam
Your doctor will administer sedatives to relax your organs and muscles prior to your ultrasound, so many people fall asleep. You may experience cramping, sore throat or other types of discomfort after your appointment, so you may want to take the rest of the day off work.
Overall, most people find it mildly uncomfortable at worst. Either way, you should feel good knowing that you’re taking proactive steps to protect your digestive health.
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.