Find out more about this gastrointestinal procedure and why it’s recommended.

Are you dealing with strange GI symptoms that you just can’t pinpoint the root cause of? Are you noticing problems like diarrhea, upset stomach, gas or bloating? If so, then it might be time to talk to one of our Philadelphia, Langhorne and Bala Cynwyd, PA gastroenterologists about what might be causing your symptoms and whether an upper endoscopy could shed some light.

What is an upper endoscopy?

This procedure uses a flexible, thin tube with a small camera at the end to view and examine the stomach, esophagus and the first portion of the small intestines. This procedure usually can be performed right here in our gastrointestinal office as an outpatient procedure.

When is an upper endoscopy recommended?

Our Philadelphia, Langhorne and Bala Cynwyd GI doctor may recommend an upper endoscopy if you are experiencing any of these issues and can’t determine the cause:

  • Problems swallowing
  • Digestive bleeding
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Heartburn

Endoscopies are also great for pinpointing tumors, ulcers and inflammation. In fact, an upper endoscopy is actually much better than an X-ray for detecting cancer or other growths within the digestive system.

Plus, some issues can actually be treated through an endoscopy including ulcer-related bleeding, polyps and narrowing of the stomach or esophagus.

What should I expect during my procedure?

The procedure only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The first thing that we will do is apply a local anesthetic to the back of the throat. An IV will also be used to administer both sedation and pain relief to help you feel relaxed and comfortable.

You will then lie on your side for the procedure and we will carefully insert the endoscope into your mouth until we reach the upper digestive tract. After your procedure, you may have a wait a few days to get your results.

Don’t let gastrointestinal issues keep you from the things you love. Turn to one of our Philadelphia, Langhorne and Bala Cynwyd, PA GI doctors at Gastrointestinal Specialists for the answers you’ve been looking for and get your body feeling good as new again.