Everything You Need to Know About Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

February 24, 2023

If your doctor has ever told you that you need an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, it can be hard to know what the procedure entails. Many people have questions about this diagnostic test and wonder what their experience will be like.

How does the UGE Procedure work?

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (UGE) is a valuable, minimally invasive procedure to diagnose various gastrointestinal conditions. This procedure provides physicians with the much-needed information to properly assess patients displaying symptoms of diseases or abnormalities such as ulcers, tumors, and inflammation.

UGE involves inserting a slim tube with a tiny camera attached at its tip into the digestive tract, enabling the physician to take pictures and collect tissue samples to make an accurate diagnosis. The endoscope provides the opportunity to identify complications, such as blockages, polyps, or bleeding, that might be occurring within these organs.

During the procedure, you’ll be asked to relax while the doctor passes the endoscope through your esophagus and into your stomach and duodenum. As the camera navigates throughout your digestive system, it captures images relayed onto a TV monitor for your doctor to review and discuss any results or findings.

Highlighting the Benefits and Risks of UGE

The benefits of UGE include accuracy, minimal discomfort, and quick feedback, allowing for efficient treatment if necessary. As previously stated, it is an important tool for diagnosing gastrointestinal issues and helping patients start toward relief from their symptoms.

However, it is important to understand any risks associated with such a procedure. Common risks can include nausea and vomiting, bloating, a feeling of being bloated, breathing difficulties, chest pain, severe abdominal pain, cramps, bleeding or tearing at the site of insertion, and infection. Luckily most risks can be minimized with proper anesthesia and close monitoring by your healthcare provider during the procedure.

What should you expect after the procedure is completed?

During the recovery period, you may experience swelling, bruising, or tenderness during and around the procedure site. It’s important to follow all post-procedure instructions given by your healthcare professional.

Be aware of key signs such as itching and redness – these can indicate that something isn’t quite right. Your medical professional can advise you about any pain relief medications or dressings you might need, but be sure to check in regularly for follow-up appointments to monitor your progress over time.

We hope that we were able to clear some concerns about the upper gastrointestinal procedure for you. We encourage you to engage your healthcare provider as soon as possible or set up an appointment with Gastro Florida for further questions or concerns.