Upper GI Endoscopy Procedures

An upper endoscopy is performed to investigate symptoms, diagnose a condition or, in some cases, treat a problem in your esophagus, stomach or beginning of the small intestine.

The procedure uses a camera on a flexible tube that is inserted in your mouth and passed down your throat. The endoscope does not interfere with your breathing. The camera transmits images to a monitor allowing the doctor to look for abnormalities. When completed, usually in 15 to 30 minutes, the endoscope is removed from your mouth.

Upper GI endoscopy procedures are very safe with complications being extremely rare.

Preparing for a upper GI endoscopy procedure

When you schedule an upper GI endoscopy with Singaram Gastroenterology, you will be given complete instructions on how to prepare for the procedure and what to expect after.

You will most likely be asked to fast by not eating or drinking for four to eight hours before your appointment. You may also be asked to stop taking certain types of medications until after the procedure.

Some procedures involve the use of sedatives, so you should arrange for someone to drive you home.

For more information about upper GI endoscopy procedures or to schedule an appointment, please call the office of Singaram Gastroenterology at 605-310-2000.