What Is An Upper GI Endoscopy?

Written by ClinicTrip on May 21, 2018
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If you are passionate about preventative health, you may want to consider an Upper GI Endoscopy. This procedure allows technicians and doctors to view the lining of the upper digestive tract. This includes the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine.

It’s useful to detects gastrointestinal (GI) disease such as cancer, ulcers, complications from acid reflux or GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, inflammation, and strictures in the esophagus. Many of these conditions can be diet related. However, even with a high quality diet, it does no harm to check out your upper GI tract with this simple procedure to detect an potential complications.

If you do have conditions such as problems swallowing, constant heartburn, bleeding, then it’s worth having the examination. It’s also hard to technicians to detect issues with the stomach without being able to physically view its interior. The Upper GI Endoscopy is the easiest way to do that.

Many international hospitals offer an Upper GI Endoscopy as an extension to a Health Screening Program. It’s a procedure that can be added on to the other tests while your are at the hospital. The test may require minor sedation. During the procedure a thin flexible tube with a camera is guided into your mouth and down your throat and finally into the stomach to observe the lining of each section.

During the procedure the doctor may also take biopsies and remove polyps. So it’s important to find out exactly what the doctor intends to do with the procedure before it starts. However, accruing to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, it’s a low risk procedures that can have a variety of preventative health benefits.