Upper GI Endoscopy
A Direct Exam for Upper GI
Upper GI endoscopy is a special examination of your upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract for problems like ulcers, foreign objects, or tumors. During Endoscopy, a long flexible tube, or endoscope is passed through the mouth to the esophagus, stomach or small intestine for direct viewing. Based on fiber optics, the ability of flexible glass fibers to transmit light, endoscopy is performed by an endoscopist, a physician who specially trained in the procedure.
- Follow doctor’s instructions carefully. If you do not, the procedure may be cancelled or repeated.
- No food or drink’s after midnight or 6 hours before the examination
- Have someone drive you home afterwards
Anatomy of Upper GI Series
Upper endoscopy allows the physician to look at the upper gastrointestinal tract, including esophagus, stomach and duodenal portion of the small intestine. Upper GI endoscopy can diagnose ulcers, tumors, and causes of bleeding or pain. It is also used for taking biopsy specimens, removing foreign objects (for example, coins in children) or polyps, stop bleeding and opening strictures (narrow areas).
Finding out the Results
Your doctor will tell you the results of your upper GI endoscopy. General findings are usually available when sedation wears off. Biopsy results take longer. Results can be stored by taking slides or Polaroid photographs through the endoscope. Additional tests or treatment may be recommended.
*****IF YOU ARE ON ANY BLOOD THINING OR ARTHRITIS MEDICATION, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE DOCTOR*****