Upper Endoscopy

Upper endoscopy (also known as gastroscopy or EGD), allows the physician to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract. This test allows the physician to evaluate symptoms of persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing. It is the best test for finding the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract.

During the procedure, the physician will spray your throat with a local anesthetic and you will lie on your left side on the examination table. You will be given a sedative to keep you comfortable and help you relax during the examination or anesthesia can be administered by a board certified anesthesiologist. The physician will insert a long, flexible lighted tube through your mouth and into the esophagus. The endoscope does not interfere with your breathing.

If anything unusual is found, like a polyp (a potentially pre-cancerous growth), the physician can remove a piece of it or all of it using tiny instruments passed through the scope. That tissue is then sent to a lab for testing. If there is bleeding, the physician can pass special probes or inject special medicines through the scope to stop the bleeding.

The procedure takes 10 to 30 minutes. You will need to remain at the physician’s office for a short time after the procedure until the medication wears off.

Bleeding is a possible complication of this procedure, however, this is uncommon.

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