Upper G I Endoscopy
Upper GI Endoscopy
UGIE is a procedure done to look inside the oesophagus, the stomach and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). An endoscope is a thin, flexible telescope with a light source and a camera at the end of the tube which enables the doctor to look inside your gut.
Who needs an Upper GI Endoscopy?
Your doctor will decide if you need to have UGIE. If you have the following symptoms you may need an endoscopy.
- Frequent indigestion
- Frequent heartburn
- Any ache in the upper abdominal area
- Frequent vomiting
- Problems with swallowing
- Any other symptoms that seem to be coming from the upper abdominal region
Before the procedure
- Make sure your stomach is completely empty. Fast for at least 6 hours before the procedure.
- If you need to take any medication, take them with a very small sip of water.
- Ask someone to accompany you as you may be drowsy after the procedure.
It is usually performed as an outpatient day case procedure. The doctor will spray an anesthetic into your throat to numb it. The doctor might also give you an IV sedative to help you relax. The procedure takes about 15 – 20 minutes.
You will have to lie on your side with a mouth guard in your mouth that will stop you from biting the endoscope.