What Is an Upper Endoscopy?
By Digestive Medicine Associates
October 25, 2021
Category: GI Procedure
Tags: Endoscopy  

The doctors at Digestive Medicine Associates can perform an upper endoscopy in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, Pembroke Pines, FL.

What Is an Upper Endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, Pembroke Pines, FL is a procedure that our GI specialists use to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. The doctor uses an endoscope to view the various parts of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The parts that can be seen in this procedure include the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, which is the beginning of the small intestine. You may need to have us perform this procedure if you are experiencing symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, distension, diarrhea, constipation, and the like. 

Which Conditions Can a Specialist See With an Upper Endoscopy?

This procedure can see a variety of conditions. A doctor can then diagnose a specific disorder and develop a treatment plan based on the findings. Some of the key conditions that endoscopy can treat are conditions such as: 

  • Celiac Disease- Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to an individual who consumes foods that contain gluten. This procedure can see damage to the villi in someone with this disease who has been eating gluten-containing items. 
  • Chron's Disease- Chron's disease can cause damage to any part of the digestive tract. This procedure can see damage to the small intestine if the illness is affecting it at the time a doctor performs it. 
  • Stomach Ulcers- Stomach ulcers are painful irritations that can occur in various conditions and on their own because of certain medications. This procedure can locate an ulcer so that a doctor can develop a treatment plan to assist someone who suffers from it.  
  • Tumors- Cancerous tumors can also be viewed using an endoscope. The doctor can take several biopsy photos and samples if necessary. 
  • Acid Reflux- GERD is also a condition that an endoscope can find. 
  • Many more conditions can be diagnosed using the procedure mentioned above. You can contact us if you think you have any of those conditions. 

How Does an Upper Endoscopy Work?

There is nothing to fear about getting this procedure done. The doctor will use an anesthetic so that you won't be fully awake during the process. He will then insert the endoscope into your mouth and go down the digestive tract to look for signs of the suspected disease. The doctor may also take biopsy samples and numerous photos of the area inside the digestive tract. The entire procedure is very swift and painless. You may receive a report after the procedure is done.  

The doctors at Digestive Medicine Associates are ready to perform an upper endoscopy in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, Pembroke Pines, FL to help diagnose and treat your current ailment. You can schedule a meeting by contacting our office at 305-822-4107.

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