The Department of Gastroenterology at ICON Hospital is dedicated to the management of diseases of the digestive and hepatobiliary systems. The Department offers expert care in both Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology and possesses modern state of art equipment backed by advanced intensive care units.
Upper GI endoscopy is a procedure that uses a flexible endoscope to visualize the upper GI tract. The upper GI tract includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum – the first part of the small intestine.
diffused mucosal bleed with Argon plasma coagulation (APC)
Dilation of the narrowed food pipe (Balloon dilation of stricture and achalasia cardia)
Metallic stenting of narrowed segments of food pipe or stomach
Removal of polyps (polypectomy)
Creating an alternative pathway for feeding directly to the stomach (PEG) or small intestine (PEG-J)
Draining fluid collections through the stomach (Cystogastrostomy) in patients with pancreatitis
What problems can Upper GI Endoscopy Detect?
Upper GI Endoscopy can be used to determine the cause of:
· Abdominal Pain
· Swallowing difficulties
· Gastric reflux
· Unexplained weight loss
· Bleeding in the upper GI tract
It is used for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Diagnostic upper GI endoscopy is done to detect:
· Abnormal growths
· Hiatal hernia
The following therapeutic (treatment) procedures are also performed through upper GI endoscopy:
· Foreign Body Removal
Treat bleeding ulcers by
a. injection of medication (injection therapy)
b. application of heat (coagulation) or
c. application of clips (hemoclips) to the bleeding vessel
· Treat bleeding varies (engorged veins in liver disease) by applying plastic rings (EVL)
· Glue injection for gastric varix