As a colonoscopy allows for examination of the lower large intestine, an upper endoscopy gives your Concorde Gastro doctor an opportunity to clearly view your upper GI tract; including your esophagus, stomach and the first portion of your small intention (the duodenum). Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light source and a camera. As the tube lowers through your digestive tract your doctor will be able to see clear images on a monitor. Other names you may hear for the upper endoscopy are an upper GI, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), or a panendoscopy.
Diagnosing Your Symptoms
An upper endoscopy is the preferred test for locating the source of your symptoms including
- Abdominal pain
- Detecting inflammation
- Difficulty swallowing
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Upper GI bleeding
One of the reasons that this is the preferred test is that the scope allows your doctor to take biopsies from areas of concern. Biopsies are not only taken to diagnosis cancers so do not be concerned if you hear the word “biopsy” in discussions with your doctor. Biopsies are also used to diagnose H. Pylori, the bacterium that causes ulcers, and Celiac sprue.
In addition to diagnosing conditions of the upper GI tract, the endoscopy can allow your doctor to treat abnormalities found in the area. These can include, removing polyps, treat bleeding, or dilate (stretch) an area that has become narrowed.
Preparing for an Upper Endoscopy
In general, the prep for an Upper Endoscopy involves fasting from food and drink for at least 6 hours prior to the test. But, your doctor will give you specific instructions; be sure to follow them completely. Make sure that your doctor is aware of all medications you take, both prescription and over the counter. It is especially important to let your doctor know if you take blood thinners or are on an aspirin regimen.
The Upper GI Procedure
During the procedure, you will be sedated and comfortable. Most patients tolerate an upper endoscopy very well. The most common complaints after the procedure is a minor sore throat or gas from air introduced during the test. Severe complications are rare but you should call your doctor if you develop fever, trouble swallowing or increasing pain in your chest, throat, or abdomen.
Follow-up After your Upper Endoscopy
After the upper endoscopy is complete staff from Concorde Gastroenterology will monitor you until you are free of most of the effects of the anesthesia. Even though you may feel alert the side effects may last the remainder of the day so you should make plans to have a companion/driver to take you home and stay with you while you recover. Prior to leaving the office, you will be given orders and directions for any follow-up visits your doctor may require.
Schedule a Consultation
It is in our very character to put you, the patient, first. If you live in the New York City metropolitan area and require a gastroenterologist you should call Concorde Gastroenterology at 212-889-5544. We offer four convenient locations to choose from. Our doctors are among the best in their field and you can be confident in the care you receive.