An Upper Endoscopy allows a physician to examine the lining of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). Our physicians use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, to view the images on a video monitor.
It is used to view the interior of the stomach and small intestine to detect abnormalities and obtain tissue samples for analysis.
This test can be used to diagnose:
- abdominal pain
- swallowing difficulties
- gastric reflux
- unexplained weight loss
- bleeding in the upper GI tract
An Endoscopy is also used to perform certain procedures, such as controlling gastrointestinal bleeding, removing polyps and other growths, and taking biopsies or samples.
How to Prepare for Upper GI Endoscopy
The upper GI tract must be empty before upper GI endoscopy. Generally, no eating or drinking is allowed for 4 to 8 hours before the procedure. Smoking and chewing gum are also prohibited during this time.
Patients should tell their doctor about all health conditions they have-especially heart and lung problems, diabetes, and allergies- and all medications they are taking. Patients may be asked to temporarily stop taking medications that affect blood clotting or interact with sedatives, which are often given during upper GI endoscopy.
Medications and vitamins that may be restricted before and after an upper GI endoscopy include:
- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen (Aleve)
- blood thinners
- blood pressure medications
- diabetes medications
- dietary supplements
Driving is not permitted for 12 to 24 hours after an upper GI endoscopy to allow sedatives time to completely wear off. Before the appointment, patients should make plans for a ride home.
Why choose us?
The endoscopy center at Riverside Gastroenterology Specialists has successfully met the requirements to be recognized as a facility that promotes quality in endoscopy through the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program. This indicates that our facility and physicians have achieved the highest quality measures in endoscopic care, as established by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Our physicians have national above average detection/adenoma (polyp) find rates. Regular screening can often find colorectal cancer early, when it is most likely to be curable. In many people, screening can also prevent colorectal cancer altogether. This is because some polyps, or growths, can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer.