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UGI Endoscopy

UGI (upper gastrointestinal tract) comprises of the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, and small intestine in the human anatomy. UGI endoscopy is a diagnostic test done to investigate the entire UGI or any p.....

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UGI (upper gastrointestinal tract) comprises of the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, and small intestine in the human anatomy. UGI endoscopy is a diagnostic test done to investigate the entire UGI or any part of your upper digestive system using an endoscope tube.

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How Is UGI Endoscopy Done?
Preparation
  • Steps to take before the procedure


    It is important to inform your doctor on the medicines you take. Your doctor should exactly know about any medication that you might take, such as arthritis medicines, blood thinners, BP medicines, and diabetes medicines. You will need to empty your bowel, and therefore, cannot eat or drink, at least 10 hours before the procedure.

Procedure
Treatment Procedure
  • What happens during the procedure?


    The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. You will lie on a treatment couch, and an endoscope tube will be inserted into your mouth. You will be asked to swallow the thin tube. A tiny camera attached to the tube will help the doctor monitor the images on the screen. The patient will not feel anything during the procedure. The endoscope will be pulled out at the end of the procedure.

Procedure
Post Treatment
  • After the procedure

    The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. You will be advised to take rest for a day or two. Your doctor may prescribe a few medications to ease any symptoms such as bloating, gas, sore throat, and cramping.

Procedure
What are the benefit and risks of UGI Endoscopy procedure?

The procedure has revolutionised the world of medical procedures, but as other any surgery, it has a few limitations too.

Benefits

The advantages of this UGI Endoscopy procedure are:

  • It is painless.
  • Consumes less time and is completed in about 10-20 minutes.
  • Helps to identify problems such as chest pain, bleeding, heartburn, and vomiting.

Risks

The risks associated with UGI Endoscopy procedure are:

  • Some patients can feel discomfort in swallowing the tube.
  • The risk of bleeding and infection.
  • Tearing of digestive system organs is possible.
  • Widening of blockage in the digestive tract.

Limitations

The limitations of UGI Endoscopy procedure are:

  • The requirement of blood transfusion at a later stage.
  • The need of subsequent surgery.

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