Upper GI Endoscopy Specialist

Colorado Gastroenterology -  - Gastroenterologist

Colorado Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Denver, CO & Aurora, CO

Today’s medical technology makes it possible to diagnose and treat many upper gastrointestinal (GI) conditions without open surgery. Upper GI procedures like endoscopy use specialized tubes and cameras to see inside the body. The experts at Colorado Gastroenterology specialize in upper GI procedures, so you know you’re in capable hands. Make an appointment at the Denver and Aurora location by calling.

Upper GI Endoscopy Q & A

What conditions affect the upper GI tract?

The upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract consists of the throat, esophagus, stomach, and upper portion of the small intestine. Upper GI tract conditions can affect any one of these structures.

Common conditions that affect the upper GI tract and may require a procedure include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Esophagitis
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS)
  • Esophageal stricture
  • Esophageal cancer

If you experience unexplained symptoms like difficulty swallowing, pain, or vomiting, your doctor may suggest an upper GI tract procedure at Colorado Gastroenterology to diagnose or treat your condition.

What are the available upper GI procedures?

Gastroenterologists use procedures to either test for or treat health conditions in the upper GI tract. These tests and procedures include:

  • Upper GI endoscopy - a small camera is inserted through the mouth
  • Capsule endoscopy - swallow a tiny capsule with a camera inside
  • Laparoscopy - a small instrument is inserted through a small incision
  • Endoscopic ultrasound - a small ultrasound probe is inserted through the mouth
  • Esophageal pH/impedance and Bravo pH - reflux monitoring systems

The providers at Colorado Gastroenterology commonly use endoscopy to detect and fix upper GI problems.

How does endoscopy work?

During endoscopy, your GI specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology inserts an endoscope down your throat and into your upper GI tract. An endoscope is a small flexible tube with a camera and light on the end.

With the tiny camera, your doctor can see your digestive system from the inside. The images from the camera are magnified and projected onto a computer screen. These images detect problems like inflammation and bleeding better than X-rays.

During endoscopy, your doctor screens for medical problems and may insert additional instruments to perform the following procedures while inside.

  • Remove tissue for biopsy
  • Clear blockages
  • Perform dilation to open narrowed passages
  • Remove polyps
  • Repair bleeding

After the test, your doctor may be able to discuss the results with you once you wake up unless they have to send tissues to a laboratory. Results from biopsies usually take a few days, after which your doctor sets up a time to discuss.

If you’re looking for a provider to perform an upper GI procedure, contact Colorado Gastroenterology over the phone for a consultation.

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