Patients who are referred to Tradition Medical Center for an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy can expect expert care. The endoscopy is a procedure that allows your physician to look at the interior lining of your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine through a thin, flexible viewing instrument called an endoscope. The tip of the endoscope is inserted through your mouth and then gently moved down your throat into the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (upper gastrointestinal tract).
Through an endoscopy, your physician can look for ulcers, inflammation, tumors, infection, or bleeding. The endoscope can be used to collect tissue samples (biopsy) , remove polyps and treat bleeding problems. Endoscopy can reveal problems that do not show up on x-ray tests and can sometimes eliminate the need for exploratory surgery.