Gary I. Gorodokin M.D.
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Gastroenterology Consultants of North Jersey
2829 Ocean Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11235
UPPER GI ENDOSCOPY
Upper Gl endoscopy allows your doctor to look directly into the upper gastrointestinal (Gl) tract. The esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) make up the upper Gl tract.
• Upper endoscopy is usually performed with the patient lying on his or her left side.
• The patient’s throat may be numbed with a spray or gargle. The patient is then
given sedating (relaxing) medication through an intravenous (IV) line.
• An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light on one end and a camera on
the other, which is gently passed into the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.
The doctor carefully examines the structures and takes biopsies, if necessary. The
procedure takes only a few minutes and is completely free of any discomfort. The
scope does not affect the ability of the patient to breathe normally. The sedating
medication helps to keep the patient from gagging.
• The stomach can be inflated with a small amount of air to help the doctor see
better. This may result in mild belching after the endoscope is removed.
• The endoscope transmits images of the upper GI tract to a video screen.
• After the completion of the procedure, the patient is observed closely until full
alertness has returned. The patient should be accompanied by an adult, who can
drive the patient home after the procedure. The patient should not drive for the
remainder of the day.
Call your doctor if you have:
• Black or tarry stools; blood in your stool.
• Persistent pain in your abdomen.
During endoscopy, a long, flexible tube is used to view the inside of the upper Gl tract
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