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Upper GI Gastroscopy

The procedure called gastroscopy involves the placing of an endoscope (a small flexible tube attached to a small high-resolution video camera and light) into upper GI—the portion of the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system) that includes: esophagus, stomach, duodenum and beginning of small intestine. The procedure is used to search for abnormalities and diagnose problems, including:

  • Pain, swelling or difficulty swallowing
  • Abdominal pain, bleeding, ulcers and tumors
  • Obtain tissue samples to test for bacterial infection, such as H. Pylon bacteria, a cause of many peptic ulcers
  • Treat bleeding ulcers with cauterization (blood vessels are sealed with a coagulating tool)

It is important that no food or fluids are consumed within 8-10 hours of the procedure.

The procedure is typically not painful. Our staff is dedicated to providing a very comfortable, caring atmosphere during your procedure. A mild sedative may be administered to keep you relaxed. You will remain conscious and sedated during the procedure. A local anesthetic may be administered to ensure comfort while the endoscope is inserted. A mouthpiece is placed inside your mouth to keep it open, as well as, support the tube and camera.

Complications are very uncommon. Our staff takes meticulous measures to ensure your procedure goes smoothly and painlessly. However, some possible complications you should be aware of are: perforation or puncture of the intestinal wall that could require surgical repair, bleeding, which could require transfusion. Remember, these complications are highly unlikely. Mild sore throat, bloating or cramping may ensue, post-procedure. If you experience these symptoms, your recovery time may be longer than average. If you have concerns, please be sure to discuss them with us. Results of your biopsy or other information will be provided to you within a few days.

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Symptom and Diseases

  • Heartburn
  • Bowel Pattern Changes
  • Nutrition & Weight Management
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Bloating & Gas Disorders
  • Peptic Ulcer Diseases
  • Abdominal Pain Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Evalution of Celiac Diseases
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Colonic Diseases Diagnosis & Management
  • Investigation of Rectal Bleeding
  • Hepatic (Liver) Disorders
  • Pancreatic Diseases
  • Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Management
  • Breath Tests
  • Obscure GI Bleeding