What Is an Upper Endoscopy?
An upper endoscopy is a procedure where a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end, called an endoscope, is inserted down the throat to examine the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. This procedure, also referred to as an upper GI, is performed to help diagnose and treat conditions that affect the upper part of the digestive system. If a patient has been experiencing symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, or if an area of abnormality has appeared on an imaging test, an upper endoscopy provides a detailed view of the upper part of the digestive tract. At Sierra Pacific Surgical, our skilled general surgeons perform upper endoscopies for Sacramento area patients. To learn more about the process, please contact our Folsom or Roseville, CA practice location today.
How is an upper Endoscopy performed?
Prior to performing an upper endoscopy, our team at Sierra Pacific Surgical will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for this procedure. Prep instructions might include discontinuing the use of blood-thinning medications a few days ahead of the procedure and fasting for 4 – 8 hours before the procedure. During the endoscopy, the mouth and throat are treated with a numbing medication and a mild sedative might be given through an intravenous (IV) line. The procedure normally takes about 15 – 30 minutes to complete.
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Maintain UPPER GI Health
For patients experiencing digestive distress, an endoscopy can be an optimal diagnostic solution. All of Sierra Pacific Surgical's patients are treated with the most innovative technology and can expect the highest in clinical standards. To learn more about an upper endoscopy at Sierra Pacific Surgical, contact our experienced staff at one of our centers in Roseville or Folsom, CA.