Upper GI Endoscopy
What is an Upper GI Endoscopy?
An upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy is a method that enables a GI specialist to see the interior lining of your esophagus. It is also used to help the physician see your abdominal area and the first part of your small intestine (duodenum).
How is an upper GI scope done?
An upper GI scope is all done through the use of a slim, elastic viewing device referred to as an endoscope. The end of the endoscope is inserted through your mouth and then carefully relocated down your throat into the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.
Because the total upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract can be examined in this test, the method is usually called esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). Your physician can search for ulcers, swelling, malignant tumors, irritation, or hemorrhages with an endoscope.
Tissue samples can be gathered, polyps can be eliminated and bleeding can usually be treated through the endoscope. It can also show conditions that may not appear on X-ray exam and it can sometimes remove the need to utilize an exploratory surgical process.
What to Do Before an Upper GI endoscopy?
You must talk with your doctor before going through an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Inform your doctor about any medications you take, if you have bleeding issues, if you’re pregnant or if you are allergic to medications.
Avoid eating or drinking anything for 6 to 8 hours before the examination. An empty stomach will help your physician to easily observe your stomach. This also decreases your potential to vomit during the exam. If you vomit then the contents in your digestive system could get into your lungs.
In some cases this procedure may have to be done in an emergency situation. In this case, a tube may be placed through your nose or mouth to clear your stomach.