Endoscopy allows us to look at the lining of your digestive tract without invasive surgery. During an endoscopy, providers use an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a tiny surgical camera and light. This camera transmits live-action images of your internal body parts onto a computer monitor for evaluation and treatment.
Upper endoscopy examines the lining of your upper gastrointestinal tract, esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first part of your small intestine). Upper endoscopy is also called upper GI endoscopy, EGD, and panendoscopy.
The procedure helps evaluate symptoms such as persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing. It’s the best way to determine the cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, and it’s more accurate than X-rays for detecting inflammation, ulcers and tumors of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.
An upper endoscopy allows us to distinguish between benign and malignant (cancerous) tissues and to perform a biopsy. Upper endoscopy also helps treat conditions of the upper gastrointestinal tract using special instruments passed through the endoscope to treat many abnormalities with little or no discomfort to you.