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.
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:
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.
Gastroenterologists use procedures to either test for or treat health conditions in the upper GI tract. These tests and procedures include:
The providers at Colorado Gastroenterology commonly use endoscopy to detect and fix upper GI problems.
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.
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.