Understanding Upper Endoscopy Testing
The North Houston Gastroenterology Clinic offers upper endoscopy, as a clinical testing procedure to diagnose a range of upper GI diseases. An Esophago Gastro Duodenoscopy Houston procedure, or upper endoscopy for short, enables Dr. Barry Winston and his trained staff members to examine the lining of the stomach, the upper intestine, and the esophagus using a thin flexible tube that has a light source and lens to project images onto a screen. This test is used to evaluate symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, swallowing problems, and a range of other issues.
What to Expect
Patients that will be undergoing an EGD Houston test will need to ensure that they do not eat for at least 6 to 8 hours before the procedure is to be performed. Some medications and vitamins should be avoided as well, so Dr. Winston will evaluate your medical history to give you pre-testing instructions based on your needs. Getting an endoscopy in Houston is not as scary as people make it out to be. The patient’s throat will typically be sprayed with a liquid numbing solution that will calm the gag reflex. They will then be given a sedative, with their vital signs being monitored throughout the whole process. The tube will then be inserted through the patient’s esophagus, to where the doctor will be able to view all areas of the upper GI tract. The tube has specialized features that enable the doctor to stop bleeding, remove abnormal growths, and perform biopsies. Patients usually recover very quickly. This test will give doctors the valuable insight that they need to make an accurate diagnose.
Things a GI Endoscopy Can Detect
- Pre-Cancerous Conditions
- Bowel Obstructions
- Hiatal Hernias
- Abnormal Growths
Contact us today at (281) 440-3618 if you suspect that you may have an upper GI issue. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. Quick appointment times are available, and we accept most types of insurance.