Upper Gastrointestinal (or GI) Endoscopy

Upper Gastrointestinal (or GI) Endoscopy

An upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, sometimes referred to as a scope, is a straightforward medical examination where a thin, flexible tube with a small camera is gently inserted through your mouth.

This camera captures images of your esophagus, stomach, and the start of your small intestine (duodenum), allowing doctors to identify any potential issues like inflammation, ulcers, or abnormal growths.

Preparing for Your Upper GI Endoscopy

Preparing for your upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is straightforward and important for accurate results.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Fasting: Your doctor might ask you to avoid eating or drinking for a few hours before the procedure. This ensures a clear view during the exam.
  • Clear Instructions: Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions to follow before the endoscopy. Make sure to understand and adhere to them.
  • Questions Welcomed: If you have any concerns or questions about the preparation process, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor. They’re there to help.

Why is Upper GI Endoscopy Recommended?

An upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is often recommended by doctors for specific reasons:

  • Digestive Discomfort: If you experience unexplained stomach pain, indigestion, or discomfort, an endoscopy helps identify the source of the problem.
  • Acid Reflux Issues: Persistent heartburn, regurgitation, or difficulty swallowing could indicate acid reflux. An endoscopy reveals the extent of any damage.
  • Ulcers and Inflammation: For conditions like ulcers or inflammation in the esophagus or stomach, an endoscopy provides visual confirmation and severity assessment.
  • Swallowing Problems: If you have trouble swallowing food, an endoscopy helps pinpoint obstructions, narrowing, or other issues in the esophagus.
  • Unexplained Weight Loss: Rapid weight loss without a clear cause may prompt an endoscopy to rule out underlying digestive problems.

In each case, an upper GI endoscopy offers a direct view of your upper digestive system, allowing accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plans tailored to your needs.

Our Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Providers

Lance R. Bryce, MD

Lance R. Bryce, MD

General Surgery

    Lance Hansen, MD

    Lance Hansen, MD

    Family Medicine

      Our Scope Location

      Franklin County Specialty Clinic
      64 N 1st E, Preston, ID 83263
      Second Floor, Suite 200
      Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
      (208) 852-3662


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