An upper endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your gastroenterologist to examine the upper part of your digestive tract. Capitol GI in Roseville, California, is a diagnostic-focused gastroenterology practice where the doctors perform upper endoscopy procedures to diagnose, treat, and manage gastrointestinal conditions. To learn more about upper endoscopy, call the office or schedule an appointment online today. Telehealth visits are available for consultations.
Upper endoscopy, also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is a procedure that evaluates the upper part of your digestive tract, including your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (duodenum) with an endoscope.
An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera that transmits images of the lining of your upper digestive tract onto a computer monitor, allowing your gastroenterologist to look for abnormalities that may explain any unusual symptoms.
Your gastroenterologist at Capitol GI may recommend an upper endoscopy to find the underlying cause of your upper abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.
You may also need an upper endoscopy if you’re vomiting blood or have blood in your stool. The gastroenterologist may also recommend the diagnostic procedure if you have chronic acid reflux, which may damage the tissue that lines the esophagus when left untreated.
Capitol GI’s gastroenterologists also perform upper endoscopies to treat conditions, such as esophageal strictures (narrowing of the esophagus) and gastric bleeding, and to remove polyps.
Capitol GI gives you specific instructions on the steps you need to take to prepare for your upper endoscopy. That includes stopping certain medications 5-7 days before your procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding.
You also need to stop eating solid food about eight hours before your upper endoscopy and stop drinking six hours before. However, you may take small sips of water with medication if needed.
Your gastroenterologist first sprays your throat with a numbing agent to minimize discomfort and administers a sedative that helps you relax during the procedure.
While you lie on your side on the exam table, the gastroenterologist inserts the endoscope into your mouth and slowly advances it through your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The entire test takes about 30 minutes.
Once complete, you go to the recovery room for monitoring, and your gastroenterologist reviews the preliminary results of your upper endoscopy with you. You must have someone drive you home after your procedure and plan to take it easy the rest of the day.
To find out more about an upper endoscopy at Capitol GI, call or book a consultation online today.