ugi endoscopy

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, also called by various other names, is a diagnostic endoscopic procedure that visualizes the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract down to the duodenum.

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What is An UGI Endoscopy?

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, also called by various other names, is a diagnostic endoscopic procedure that visualizes the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract down to the duodenum. UGI (upper gastrointestinal tract) comprises of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine in the human anatomy. UGI endoscopy is a diagnostic test done to investigate the entire UGI or any part of your upper digestive system using an endoscope tube.

Why One Needs To Get UGI Endoscopy Done?

UGI Endoscopy allows your doctor to visually examine the UGI tract without having to make a large incision. A screen in the operating room lets the doctor see exactly what the endoscope sees.

What Is It Used To Treat?

The procedure is extremely helpful in finding out the causes of certain persistent symptoms such as heartburn, bleeding, abdominal pain, sudden weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. If your earlier diagnostic tests have shown any abnormality such as anemia or lack of nutrients in your body, then UGI endoscopy is recommended.

When Doctor Suggests To Get This Treatment?

UGI Endoscopy is performed for a number of indications such as heartburn, chronic acid reflux, bleeding, abdominal pain, sudden weight loss, Stomach pain, Ulcers, gastritis, or difficulty swallowing, Digestive tract bleeding, Changes in bowel habits (chronic constipation or diarrhea), one of the most common being is unexplained anemia where it is used to diagnose gastric or duodenal ulcers among other things.

How To Prepare For the Procedure?

You will need to stop drinking and eating up to eight hours before your endoscopy to ensure your stomach is empty for the procedure. Some types of clear liquids, such as water, might be allowed for up to two hours before the procedure. Your doctor will clarify this with you Tell your doctor about all the medications and supplements you’re taking before your endoscopy. Plan for someone to drive you home after the procedure because you might not feel well from the anesthesia.

What Will Happen During the Procedure?

A doctor performs an upper GI endoscopy in a hospital. You’ll be asked to lie on your side on an exam table. The doctor will carefully pass the endoscope down your esophagus and into your stomach and duodenum. A small camera mounted on the endoscope will send a video image to a monitor, allowing close examination of the lining of your upper GI tract. The endoscope pumps air into your stomach and duodenum, making them easier to see.

During the UGI Endoscopy, the doctor may : 

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After The Procedure After an UGI endoscopy, you can expect the following :

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Some results from an UGI endoscopy are available right away. Your doctor will share these results with you or, if you choose, with your friend or family member.