Upper Endoscopy

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Upper Endoscopy

An upper endoscopy allows a doctor to look at the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This area is made up of the:
  • Esophagus, which is the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach
  • Stomach
  • Duodenum, which is the top of the small intestine

What happens during upper endoscopy?

At Triborough GI 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. Your physician will explain the results of the examination to you, although you’ll probably have to wait for the results of any biopsies performed. If you have been given sedatives during the procedure, someone must drive you home and stay with you. Even if you feel alert after the procedure, your judgment and reflexes could be impaired for the rest of the day.

Questions to ask your health care team

Before having an upper endoscopy, consider asking the following questions:
  • Who will do my upper endoscopy? 
  • Will anyone else be in the room?
  • What will happen during the upper endoscopy?
  • How long will the procedure take?
  • Will it be painful?
  • Will I be given any type of anesthesia or sedation?
  • What are the risks and benefits of having an upper endoscopy?
  • How accurately does an upper endoscopy find cancer?
  • When and how will I know the results?
  • Who will explain the results to me?
  • What other tests will I need if the upper endoscopy finds evidence of cancer?
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