UGI Endoscopy, also called upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, allows the doctor to look for inflammations, ulcers bleeding, infections or tumours in the inner lining of the esophagus, first part of the small intestine and your stomach. A small viewing tool called endoscope is inserted through the mouth down your throat to take pictures of the stomach and esophagus.
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UGI Endoscopy, also called upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, allows the doctor to view the inside lining of the stomach, esophagus, and upper gastrointestinal tract by using a flexible, thin tube, called endoscope. The tube is inserted into your mouth and gently pushed down your throat into the stomach and esophagus.
The procedure of UGI Endoscopy enables the doctor to look for tumours, ulcers, bleeding, infections and inflammations. During the procedure, the doctor removes polyps, called tissue samples and use the scope to treat bleeding. Grave symptoms like vomiting blood, upper belly bloating or pain, unexplained weight loss, trouble in swallowing and vomiting are examined with UGI Endoscopic procedure.
The reasons for endoscope are some of the other reasons include checking any injury to the esophagus, treating upper GI bleeding, looking for any blockage between the duodenum and the stomach and removing any foreign object that was swallowed accidentally.
Before endoscopic procedure, you are required to follow a few things mentioned as below:
Upper GI Endoscopy is generally performed by a gastroenterologist. It may also be performed by specially trained surgeons, internists and family medicine doctors. The procedure does not require you to stay at the hospital. Read to know how UGI endoscopy is performed:
The patient is kept under observation for 1-2 hours after the procedure until the effects of anaesthesia wear off. You can drink or eat only after your throat gets back to normal. It takes a couple of hours to recover, but the sooner you feel better you are allowed to go home. Make sure you do not operate a machinery or drive for at least 12 hours after the test.
Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours after the procedure. You are advised when to go back to your normal activities and diet. It is normal to feel pain, nausea, mild cramping and bloating after the procedure. However, the recovery time of UGI Endoscopy is quick and gets over in a day. In case, you feel sharp pain or other discomfort, inform it to the doctor.