If you have symptoms of a personal medical history that suggests disease or irregularities in your digestive tract, an upper endoscopy can help. Board-certified gastroenterologist Asif M. Qadri, MD, of Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates, has the skill and expertise to perform this procedure to view your esophagus, upper intestine, and stomach. If you need an upper endoscopy, call the office in Watkinsville, Georgia, or schedule an appointment online.
Dr. Qadri uses a device called an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, to perform an upper endoscopy. During the procedure, Dr. Qadri gets a full view of your digestive tract on a color television monitor.
For an upper endoscopy, Dr. Qadri inserts the endoscope through your mouth and throat into your esophagus. This allows him to evaluate your stomach, upper part of the small intestine, and the esophagus.
You typically are awake but sedated for an upper endoscopy. Dr. Qadri may offer a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort at the back of your throat.
Dr. Qadri may suggest an endoscopy to evaluate or diagnose any of the following:
An endoscopy may also be part of a procedure to biopsy any suspicious tissue.
An upper endoscopy doesn’t require an overnight hospital stay and takes place in the office of Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates. The entire procedure takes about one hour. For some types of endoscopies, you need to fast. Your doctor gives you thorough instructions on how to prepare before the procedure.
Right after an upper endoscopy, the team at Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates observes you as the sedation wears off.
You will need a ride home as you cannot drive due to the medication. You should plan to lay low for the rest of the day as you will be recovering and may be on pain medications.
Following an upper endoscopy, expect to have some soreness in your throat and bloating. These side effects usually resolve quickly. Dr. Qadri lets you know when you can return to your normal diet, which is typically within a few hours. He’ll also give you recommendations on when to resume activity.
If you need an upper endoscopy, trust Dr. Qadri and the team at Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online at any time.