This very common outpatient procedure allows your doctor to examine the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). An upper endoscopy is used to identify and treat GI symptoms such as abdominal pain, heartburn, bleeding, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, or unexplained weight loss. It is also sometimes referred to as an upper GI endoscopy, EGD, or esophagogastroduodenoscopy.
How is an upper endoscopy procedure performed?
During an upper endoscopy, a patient is sedated and a thin, flexible tube with camera and light (endoscope) will enter the GI tract from the mouth, transmitting images as it is guided through the digestive tract to a monitor that your doctor views in real time during the procedure.
Instruments can be introduced through the endoscope to diagnose and treat any abnormal findings.
Therapies provided during an upper endoscopy may include:
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) – the use of radio waves to heat and destroy tissue. It is an effective method of treating patients with Barrett’s esophagus.
- Luminal Stenting – the placement of stents to stretch and widen the inner space (lumen) of the GI tract. Stenting may be performed during an upper endoscopy to help treat obstructions or narrowed GI passageways.
- Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) – the removal of abnormal tissue for biopsy. Early stage cancers can be removed during an upper endoscopy as long as the cancer has not spread beyond the surface layers of the GI tract.
Isn’t it time you saw a gastroenterologist about your GI symptoms? Dr. M. Mazen Jamal has performed many upper endoscopies and can help identify and treat the GI issues that plague you. Call Oceana Gastroenterology Associates at (951) 934-0505 today or use the appointment request form to schedule your appointment.