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What is Endoscopy?
Upper GI Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that examines the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. This minimally invasive procedure does not require an incision and offers a quick recovery time.
Endoscopy can help diagnose and treat abnormalities in the upper GI tract, including:
Upper gastrointestinal bleeding
Persistent dyspepsia (painful digestion) in patients over the age of 40
Heartburn and chronic acid reflux
Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia)
You should not eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure. An intravenous line will be started and you will be given a mild sedative (conscious sedation).
During the procedure, you will rest on your side. A mouth-guard is placed between your teeth to prevent you from biting down on the endoscope. The endoscope is passed over the tongue and into the pharynx, then into the esophagus. The scope is gradually advanced down the esophagus and through the stomach and to the first part of the duodenum.
Once examination of the duodenum has been completed, the endoscope is withdrawn into the stomach to allow for a thorough examination. Any additional procedures, such as biopsies, are performed at this stage. Your doctor may take still photographs during the procedure to explain any findings to you.
After Your Procedure:
After your procedure, you will be moved to a recovery area until the medication has worn off. You may have a mild sore throat, as well as possible discomfort due to gas. You will be able to resume your normal diet within a few hours following your procedure.
You must arrange for a responsible adult driver to accompany you to and from the endoscopy unit.