Whether you need it in advance of a surgical procedure or simply as a diagnostic tool for some mystery symptoms, an upper endoscopy can be quite helpful. However, if you have never had an endoscopy in Baltimore before, you might be feeling a bit nervous. At MD Bariatrics, we believe that knowledge is power, and better understanding the endoscopy procedure can alleviate some of the anxiety you experience. So, here is what you should know about getting an upper endoscopy.
What Is an Upper Endoscopy?An upper endoscopy is a non-surgical diagnostic procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube with a light on it, called an endoscope. This scope is used to look at the digestive system, helping the doctor spot areas of concern. The camera transmits images to a screen in the room, and the feed is recorded so the doctor can later isolate images.
Which Parts of the Digestive System Are Viewed?During the upper endoscopy procedure, the doctor will examine the following parts of the body:
- Duodenum (top portion of the small intestine)