What is upper endoscopy?

Upper endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine). Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, and will view the images on a video monitor.

Why is upper endoscopy done?

Helps to evaluate symptoms of upper abdomen like

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Gas
  • Blood Vomiting

What preparations are required?

6 - 8 Hours Fasting

Can I take my current medications?

Drugs for blood pressure, Diabetes, Heart Diseases should be taken with sips of water kindly inform your doctor regarding above.

What happens during upper endoscopy?

Your doctor might start by spraying your throat with a local anesthetic or by giving you a sedative to help you relax. You’ll then lie on your side, and your doctor will pass the endoscope through your mouth and into the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. The endoscope doesn’t interfere with your breathing. Most patients consider the test only slightly uncomfortable, and many patients fall asleep during the procedure.

What happens after upper endoscopy?

You will be monitored until most of the effects of the medication have worn off. Your throat might be a little sore, and you might feel bloated because of the air introduced into your stomach during the test. You will be able to eat after you leave unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What are the possible complications of upper endoscopy?

Although complications can occur, they are rare when doctors who are specially trained and experienced in this procedure perform the test.

Most common complications that may occur

  • Abdominal pain
  • Reaction to Sedative
  • Bleeding
  • Very Rarely Perforation