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Upper Endoscopy Specialist

Upper Endoscopy

Upper Endoscopy services offered in South Bend, Plymouth and LaPorte, IN

Upper endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that can help determine the cause of symptoms like abdominal pain and problems swallowing. Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc has board-certified gastroenterologists who specialize in upper endoscopy at their offices in Plymouth, La Porte, and South Bend, Indiana, with two South Bend locations, on Generations Drive and in The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street. To benefit from their expertise, call your nearest Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office today to book an appointment. 


Upper Endoscopy Q & A

What is an upper endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy, or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is a diagnostic procedure. Your provider at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc might recommend it to determine the cause of gastrointestinal symptoms like:

  • Heartburn
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding

During an upper endoscopy, your provider can examine the tissues lining the upper part of your GI tract — the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first section of your small intestine).

What conditions can an upper endoscopy diagnose?

Upper endoscopy can help diagnose everything from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s esophagus (tissue changes in the esophagus) to hiatal hernias, ulcers, and tumors.

Upper endoscopy is the most accurate way for your provider to find the cause of bleeding in your upper GI tract. It’s more informative than an X-ray for detecting ulceration and inflammation.

Your provider can also use upper endoscopy to obtain a small tissue sample (biopsy). Lab analysis of the tissue determines whether you have malignant (cancerous) cells in your upper GI tract.

What happens during an upper endoscopy?

Upper endoscopy is an outpatient procedure at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc.

You lie on your side and receive an intravenous (IV) sedative, so you feel calm and sleepy. Your provider passes an endoscope (a lighted, flexible instrument) down your throat. They anesthetize your throat so you won’t feel any discomfort. A plastic mouth guard protects the endoscope and your teeth.

 

The tiny camera on the end of the endoscope transmits images to a screen for your provider to see. They can view every part of the upper GI tract in detail and, in some cases, treat the cause of your problem at the same time. For example, they can seal bleeding areas in the stomach.

 

An upper endoscopy takes about 10 to 20 minutes. At the end of the procedure, your provider carefully removes the endoscope, and you rest quietly while the sedative wears off.

What happens after my upper endoscopy?

You might experience some bloating or cramping and have a sore throat after an upper endoscopy. However, these symptoms are typically mild and should soon disappear.

Your Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc provider can tell you what they found during the upper endoscopy right away. However, you might have to wait a few days for the results of any biopsy.

If you need treatment for your condition or further tests, your provider will advise you on what to do next.

To find out more about having an upper endoscopy, call Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc today to book an appointment.