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Comprehensive Upper Endoscopy Services at ILS Hospitals

An upper endoscopy, also known as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is a medical procedure designed to examine the upper portion of the digestive tract. This procedure is conducted by a skilled gastrointestinal (GI) doctor, or gastroenterologist, using an endoscope. The endoscope is a slender, flexible tube fitted with a small video camera and a light source. By utilizing this endoscope, your doctor can visualize and evaluate the interior lining of vital structures within your digestive system, including the oesophagus, stomach, and the upper part of your small intestine known as the duodenum.

Indications for an Upper Endoscopy

An upper endoscopy is typically recommended for individuals experiencing unexplained symptoms or specific health concerns, such as:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Bleeding in the Upper Digestive Tract
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Swallowing Difficulties
  • Unexplained Weight Loss

Purpose of an Upper Endoscopy

Healthcare providers perform upper endoscopies to enable a direct visual examination and obtain tissue samples for biopsies. This procedure is often more precise than X-rays for diagnosing issues within the upper digestive system, including:

  • Acid Reflux: Diagnosis and management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn.
  • Tumours: Identification of both cancerous and noncancerous tumours.
  • Inflammation: Evaluation of inflammatory conditions such as esophagitis, gastritis, and duodenitis.
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders: Diagnosis of conditions like celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.
  • Stomach Ulcers: Detection and management of peptic ulcers in the stomach.
  • Swallowing Disorders: Assessment and treatment of swallowing problems.

Therapeutic Applications of an Upper Endoscopy

Upper endoscopies are not limited to diagnostics; they can also serve therapeutic purposes. Your doctor may employ upper endoscopy to:

  • Control Upper Digestive Tract Bleeding
  • Dilate Narrowed Digestive Tracts
  • Remove Polyps, Tumours, or Swallowed Objects

Additional Procedures Utilizing Upper Endoscopy

In some cases, your healthcare provider may combine upper endoscopy with other techniques to address specific conditions:

  • X-rays and Dye: In endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), doctors utilize X-rays and injected dye along with endoscopy to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and bile ducts.
  • Ultrasound: Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) generates images of the digestive tract, including surrounding organs, lymph nodes, and tissue, offering a comprehensive assessment of your health.

At ILS Hospitals, we offer comprehensive upper endoscopy services delivered by experienced gastroenterologists. Our focus is to ensure that the procedure is both informative and as comfortable as possible. Whether for diagnostic purposes, treatment, or combining endoscopy with other techniques, we are dedicated to providing high-quality care to enhance your gastrointestinal health. If you are experiencing symptoms or need an upper endoscopy, our team is here to guide you through the process. Your health and well-being are our primary concerns.

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