Michael G. Stiff, M.D.

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Upper GI Endoscopy is a test used to look inside your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine. It is used to evaluate problems like heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers, or stomach pain. A long, bendable scope is used for the test. It is passed down your throat into your stomach and small intestine. The scope sends a picture to a TV screen. Tools can be passed through the end of the scope. They can be used to stop bleeding or take a sample of tissue.

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WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN UPPER GI ENDOSCOPY

- The doctor may spray medicine into your throat to make it numb.

- You will be given other medicine to help you relax.
- You will swallow the thin, bendable scope.
- The doctor will move the scope down your esophagus and into your stomach.
- The scope will also blow air into your stomach. This will open up the stomach and allow the doctor to see. You may feel pressure from the air.
- The doctor may take a small piece of tissue for testing or do other therapeutic procedures to improve your symptoms.
- The test takes about 20 to 30 minutes.