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). The 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.
An upper endoscopy is used to help locate the source of persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, nausea and/or vomiting. It is the preferable test for finding the source of upper GI bleeding, detecting inflammation, ulcers, and tumors. One of the reasons that make this 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.
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.
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.
After the upper endoscopy is completed you will be monitored 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 for home you will be give orders and directions for any follow up visits your doctor may require.
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 visit Concorde Gastro. We offer four convenient locations from which to choose. Our doctors are among the best in their field and you can be confident in the care you receive.