Do you get sudden pains in the upper part of your stomach followed by nausea, dizziness, tiredness, heartburn, acidity or vomiting? Are the symptoms getting worse with every passing day even after taking off the self-medication? These symptoms are usually linked with upper intestinal tract can be the result of some serious problems or even major diseases. Early diagnosis the actual problem is mandatory in such cases and this can be done using a wide range of tests and examinations. One of the most advanced medical exams used to diagnose the problems of upper intestinal tract is Upper GI Endoscopy. New Jersey Medical Board widely recommends this procedure to diagnose problems of upper intestinal tract or digestive system at an early stage.
Below is an overview of the Upper GI Endoscopy procedure, its uses and benefits:
Upper GI Endoscopy or Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is the visual examination of upper digestive tract or upper intestinal tract with the help of long, flexible tube and a tiny camera giving a clear picture of digestive organs. Gastroenterologist is the physician who specializes in treating the diseases of digestive tract, uses Endoscopy exam to diagnose the problems or diseases in esophagus, stomach, and upper part of small intestine called duodenum. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, a medical term for the test of Upper GI Endoscopy, can be performed at doctor’s clinic, hospital or outpatient surgery center and is used to treat conditions affecting the digestive tract.
Sometimes, the procedure of Endoscopy is combined with Ultrasound to diagnose some certain problems in more depth. In this procedure, ultrasound probe is attached to Endoscope that creates specialized images of the inner lining/wall of esophagus and stomach. Endoscopic ultrasound helps the doctors to create clearer images of those organs that are hard to reach.
The doctor gives some instructions to prepare you for the Endoscopy. The doctor may ask to avoid eating and drinking 4-8 hours before the procedure. Avoid blood thinning medications as they can increase the risk of bleeding. Patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease get specific instructions regarding their medications before the procedure is performed.
The Risk of these complications can reduce if you follow the doctor’s instructions carefully before the procedure such as avoid certain medications and fasting.
The time to get the results of Endoscopy depends on the specific problem or condition. For example, if the procedure is performed to diagnose ulcer then you can receive the results just after the procedure. If doctor collects tissue sample then it may take few days for results. Your doctor can help you and guide you when you can receive the report of Upper GI Endoscopy results.
GI Endoscopy Practice is conveniently located in Riverdale, NJ. Our trained specialists and experienced physicians properly perform the procedure of Upper GI Endoscopy and provide the best treatment plan tailor according to individual needs. The procedure of Upper GI Endoscopy is cost-effective so that you can easily afford the examination. Book an appointment with our physicians.