When your symptoms suggest problems in your esophagus or stomach, you may need an Upper Endoscopy. The specialists at Triborough GI have extensive experience performing Upper Endoscopies which allow them to diagnose and immediately treat many GI conditions.
Our Staten Island, Bronx, or Brooklyn based Upper Endoscopy specialists can schedule and perform your procedure at one of our Triborough GI clinics.
One of our board-certified GI doctors will guide you through the procedure and provide you with all the information you need prior to having the procedure.
For more information on Upper Endoscopy or to schedule an appointment at our Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island office, please call (718) 332-0600 today!
What is Upper Endoscopy
Upper endoscopy is a test that looks inside the GI tract. The GI tract includes the esophagus, stomach and the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. The test is also known as Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). This is done using an endoscope which is long lighted flexible tube with a camera. The test helps locate problems such as ulcers, growths and infections.
Why you may need an Upper Endoscopy
Upper endoscopy can show reasons for:
- swallowing problems
- nausea and vomiting
- acid reflux
- abdominal pain
Upper endoscopy is also used to identify a number of diseases:
Prior to the procedure, you may need to have a physical exam, blood tests or other kinds of tests. You will be instructed to not consume food or liquid for at least 8 hours prior to the procedure.
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. Your healthcare provider will explain what happens during the procedure.
Your doctor will discuss any risks or complications that may occur. You will be provided with a consent form by your doctor. Read the form carefully and don not hesitate to ask any questions you may have.
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
- Arthritis medication
- Blood pressure medication
- Diabetes medication
An upper endoscopy takes about 20 to 30 minutes. When it is time for your test, you may be given medicine, sedatives to help relieve your anxiety, relax or sleep. This medicine is typically administered through an IV line put in a vein in your hand. Your throat may be numbed with a liquid or spray and you will be given a plastic guard to protect your teeth and mouth.
Throughout the duration of your test, you lie on your left side. The endoscope is inserted through your mouth and moved down your throat. Air will be used to expand the GI tract so your Triborough GI 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 experienced Triborough GI specialists looks at your esophagus, stomach and duodenum to locate issues such as inflammation, bleeding or growths. Small samples of tissue can be taken for testing, also known as a biopsy.
The endoscope is then removed.
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. Please call your Triborough GI doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Vomiting blood
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Black, bloody or tarry stool
- Difficulty swallowing
Upper Endoscopy Complications
Risks of complications from an upper endoscopy are extremely low as an upper endoscopy is considered a safe procedure. Complications may include:
- Perforation in the lining of your GI tract
- Bleeding from where the doctor took a sample of tissue or removed a polyp
- Uncommon reaction to the sedative such as difficulty breathing or heart problems
If you have questions about an upcoming Upper Endoscopy, or you need to schedule an appointment, call Triborough GI or book an appointment online.
Triborough GI has the top NYC gastroenterologists in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. Our doctors provide only the most specialized and extensive care. Our motto is that the patient’s care comes first! Highly reputable and top rated in NYC, our gastroenterologists will thoroughly examine, diagnose and treat you in any way they can.
Schedule an appointment at (718) 332-0600 today with one of our Triborough GI doctors at our Brooklyn, Staten Island or Bronx locations for any questions or concerns you have regarding your Upper Endoscopy procedure.