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The triborough GI facilities are equipped with the most advanced technology for performing Upper endoscopy in New York, it is one of the tests we perform the most, both diagnostically and therapeutically. Our board-certified gastroenterologists are upper endoscopy specialists, which guarantees valid and reliable results.

The upper endoscopy test is performed to help our physicians determine the diagnosis of patients presenting with symptoms such as: abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn, burning or bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, among others.

Our Upper Endoscopy Specialists

Your health with Triborough GI, the leaders in high quality upper endoscopy! Our board-certified specialists in upper endoscopy, provide first-class care for every procedure, ensuring a safe and reliable experience for all of our patients.

Our state-of-the-art technology ensures optimal results for all diagnoses and procedures. Our innovative practices and friendly staff make Triborough GI the perfect place to receive the highest quality medical care.

Trust the experts at Triborough GI to take care of your superior endoscopy needs!. Get to know them:

Where are we located?

You need the procedure and you’re wondering: “Where can I get an upper endoscopy done near me?” For you we have three gastroenterology offices in the city: one in the Bronx, one in Brooklyn and one in Staten Island.

Our facilities are staffed by a team of qualified professionals ready to provide you with quality diagnosis and treatment. Check here which one is best for you:


Important information about Upper Endoscopy


What is Upper Endoscopy


Upper endoscopy, also known as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is a diagnostic procedure that involves inserting a flexible tube equipped with a camera (endoscope) through the mouth and into the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The procedure allows the physician to visualize the inside of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine) in order to identify any abnormalities or disorders.

According to a scientific article published in the journal, upper endoscopy is a safe and widely used procedure that is typically performed to evaluate symptoms such as abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, and bleeding in the upper GI tract. It can also be used to diagnose conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, and cancer. The article notes that upper endoscopy is generally well-tolerated by patients, with few complications reported.

Overall, upper endoscopy is a valuable tool for diagnosing and evaluating disorders in the upper GI tract, and is an important part of the diagnostic and treatment process for many patients.

Why you may need an Upper Endoscopy


Upper endoscopy can show reasons for:

  • swallowing problems
  • nausea and vomiting
  • acid reflux
  • bleeding
  • abdominal pain

Upper endoscopy is also used to identify a number of diseases:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD
  • Stomach cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Ulcers
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Celiac disease
  • Blockages
  • Gastritis

Preparation for upper endoscopy


Preparation for upper endoscopy typically involves a few steps to ensure that the procedure is as safe and effective as possible.

According to a scientific article published in the journal, preparation for upper endoscopy typically includes the following:

  1. Fasting: Patients are typically asked to fast for a certain period of time prior to the procedure, in order to reduce the amount of food and fluid in the stomach and intestines. This helps to provide a clearer view during the procedure and reduce the risk of complications.
  2. Medications: Certain medications may need to be stopped or adjusted prior to the procedure. For example, blood-thinning medications such as aspirin and warfarin may need to be stopped for a period of time to reduce the risk of bleeding during the procedure.
  3. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medication and supplements you are taking. If you have any allergies, are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
  4. Sedation: Upper endoscopy is usually performed with the patient under conscious sedation, which means that they are given medication to help them relax and remain comfortable during the procedure.
  5. Informed consent: Prior to the procedure, the patient will be asked to sign a consent form indicating that they understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and have agreed to undergo it.

Medication Questions


You should discuss your medical history with your Triborough GI doctor including any medical conditions, allergies and all the medication that you take (over-the-counter medicine, vitamins and supplements) including:

  • Blood thinners
  • NSAIDs
  • Arthritis medication
  • Blood pressure medication
  • Aspirin
  • Diabetes medication



An upper endoscopy typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes. When it is time for the procedure, you may be given sedatives to help relieve anxiety and relax or sleep. These sedatives are typically administered through an IV line placed in a vein in your hand. Your throat may be numbed with a liquid or spray (Tan, Goh, & Tang, 2011), and you will be given a plastic guard to protect your teeth and mouth.

During the procedure, you will lie on your left side. The endoscope is inserted through your mouth and moved down your throat. Air will be used to expand the gastrointestinal (GI) tract so that your doctor can see your stomach lining clearly. You may feel some discomfort or pressure from the air. Pictures are sent to a video screen from the endoscope.

Your doctor will use the endoscope to examine your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, looking for issues such as inflammation, bleeding, or growths (Tan et al., 2011). If needed, small samples of tissue can be taken for testing, also known as a biopsy. After the procedure, the endoscope is removed.

Recovery Time


After the upper endoscopy, you will need to rest for approximately an hour in order for the sedation to wear off.  You will need a friend or family member to drive you home as the sedation medication takes a while to leave your system.  If you had a biopsy, the results will usually be ready within the week.

Recovery from upper endoscopy is usually quick, with most people experiencing mild soreness in the throat that goes away within a day or two. However, recovery time can vary depending on individual factors such as age, underlying health conditions, and the extent of the procedure. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for post-procedure care, including managing any discomfort and when to resume normal activities.

Overall, upper endoscopy is a safe and effective way to examine the upper digestive tract, with a quick recovery time for most people.


Upper Endoscopy Complications


Upper endoscopies are generally safe and well-tolerated procedures. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that can occur (Aisenberg & Kamel, 2008).

The most common complication from an upper endoscopy is a sore throat. This is usually caused by the anesthesia that is used to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. Other potential complications include:

  • Bleeding: While rare, upper endoscopies can sometimes cause bleeding. This can usually be controlled with medication, but in rare cases, a blood transfusion may be necessary.
  • Perforation: A perforation is a hole that is made in the gastrointestinal tract. This is a serious complication that can occur during an upper endoscopy, but it is very rare. If a perforation does occur, it will usually require surgery to repair.
  • Infection: There is a small risk of infection associated with upper endoscopies. This risk can be minimized by taking antibiotics before and after the procedure.
  • Reaction to anesthesia: Some people may have a reaction to the anesthesia used during an upper endoscopy. This is usually not serious and can be treated with medication.

Upper endoscopies are generally safe procedures with a low risk of complications. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks that should be discussed with your doctor before the procedure is performe.

Do you think you need help, if you have any complications or feel something is wrong? Write us immediately to help: (718) 332-0600.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How much does upper endoscopy cost?


The cost of an upper endoscopy (also known as esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD) varies depending on the region, healthcare provider, and insurance coverage. On average, it can range from $1000 to $3000..

Is upper endoscopy painful?


Upper endoscopy is generally not painful, as the patient is sedated for the procedure. Some patients may experience slight discomfort from the insertion of the endoscope and from the air that is used to inflate the stomach.

What can upper endoscopy detect?


Upper endoscopy can detect a variety of conditions, such as inflammation, narrowing of the esophagus, ulcers, and tumors. It can also be used to diagnose and treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s esophagus.

Are upper endoscopy safe?


Upper endoscopy is generally safe and complications are rare. However, there is a risk of bleeding, perforation, and infection.


How long after upper endoscopy can i eat?


Patients can typically eat and drink after an upper endoscopy as soon as they feel ready. It is important to start with small sips of water and then gradually increase to regular food as tolerated.


Who does a upper endoscopy?


Upper endoscopy is typically performed by a gastroenterologist.


How much does upper gi cost?


The cost of an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is similar to that of an upper endoscopy, ranging from $1000 to $3000.


Why upper gi endoscopy is done?


Upper GI endoscopy is usually done to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Common reasons include abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, and bleeding.

  1. Please call your Triborough GI doctor if you experience any of the following:

    • Vomiting blood
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Stomach pain Black
    • Bloody
    • Tarry stool
    • Fever Difficulty swallowing

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