Upper Endoscopy Specialist

Advanced GI LLC

Gastroenterology located in Chicago, IL

Persistent nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting can be warning signs that something is wrong in your gastrointestinal tract. At Advanced GI LLC in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, Michael Flicker, MD, and Carl Atallah, DO, offer on-site upper endoscopy services. This diagnostic procedure can identify ulcers, tumors, and other conditions contributing to your pain and other symptoms. To see if you’re a candidate for an upper endoscopy, call Advanced GI LLC or book an appointment online today.

Upper Endoscopy Q&A

What is an upper endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy, also known as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is a diagnostic procedure to evaluate your upper digestive system. This system starts at your esophagus, continues down into your stomach, and ends at the first section of your small intestine (duodenum).

During an upper endoscopy, your provider inserts a flexible tube with an attached light and camera into your esophagus. The camera sends real-time images of your digestive tract as it moves through to your small intestine. 

The images can show blockages, ulcers, tumors, and other issues that contribute to your symptoms.

To keep you comfortable and relaxed, you might receive a sedative medication before your procedure. An upper endoscopy is a same-day procedure, so you can expect to go home and rest soon after it’s complete.

Why would I need an upper endoscopy?

You may need an upper endoscopy if you have unexplained symptoms that affect your digestive health.

The team reviews your personal and family medical history and your symptoms to determine if you need an upper endoscopy. They can use this test to confirm or rule out a variety of conditions that can cause:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Bloody stool
  • Abdominal pain

By identifying the underlying cause of these symptoms, your provider can design a treatment plan to ease symptoms and prevent complications in your gastrointestinal tract.

How long does it take to recover from an upper endoscopy?

Immediately after your upper endoscopy, you’ll spend time recovering from the sedative. It’s normal to have a sore throat and feel bloated. These side effects will wear off within a few hours. You should be able to resume eating and performing your usual activities when you get home.

The team reviews your upper endoscopy results with you to determine if you need more diagnostic testing. Based on the outcome, the providers can customize a plan to treat existing conditions and prevent long-term digestive complications.

If you need an upper endoscopy to diagnose unexplained vomiting or abdominal pain, call Advanced GI LLC or book an appointment online today.