Upper GI Endoscopy

Naab Road Surgical Group -  - General Surgery

Naab Road Surgical Group

General Surgery located in Indianapolis, IN

When unexplained stomach pain or swallowing difficulties need to be evaluated, you can rely on the experienced medical team at Naab Road Surgical Group. At their Indianapolis office, the practice offers the convenience of on-site upper GI endoscopy services to identify the root cause of pain or other gastrointestinal-related symptoms. If you need a fast, accurate diagnosis, schedule a consultation for an upper GI endoscopy today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Upper GI Endoscopy Q & A

Why Do I Need an Upper GI Endoscopy?

An upper GI endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that gives your surgeon a closer look at your upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This tract is made up of your mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

An endoscopy may be necessary if you have unexplained symptoms that affect your upper GI health, such as:

  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bleeding
  • Swallowing difficulties 

An upper GI endoscopy may also be a useful diagnostic tool for identifying causes of explained weight loss.

Common conditions often diagnosed with an upper GI endoscopy include ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and intestinal inflammation.

What is an Upper GI Endoscopy Procedure Like?

An upper GI endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that requires the insertion of a slender, flexible tube with an attached camera down into the upper GI tract. The camera sends back real-time images to an external monitor.

Your Naab Road Surgical Group provider watches the monitor as it moves down your esophagus into your stomach. This visual allows them to identify inflammation, ulcers, and other issues that affect your health and may be causing your symptoms.

To keep you comfortable during the in-office procedure, your surgeon provides a light sedation, which means you’ll need a ride home to ensure your safety. Depending on the reason for your endoscopy, your surgeon may also perform a biopsy during your procedure. This involves the removal of a tissue sample from your upper GI tract for further analysis.

In many cases, you can expect to go home to rest immediately after the procedure, and you may need to limit your activities for the rest of the day until the sedation wears off.

Typically, an endoscopy is a safe procedure with minimal risk for side effects. You should call Naab Road Surgical Group right away if you experience issues like chest pain, breathing problems, or swallowing difficulties that get worse after your procedure.

How Do I Prepare For an Upper GI Endoscopy?

During your initial consultation, your Naab Road Surgical Group surgeon can discuss any necessary preparation you need to make for the day of your endoscopy appointment. This may include not eating and drinking for several hours prior to your procedure.

You may also need to change your schedule for certain medications that can interfere with your test results. Your provider reviews your medical history and current medications to determine what changes to make to ensure accurate results. 

Schedule an upper GI endoscopy today by calling the office or booking a consultation online.