Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD)
Upper GI Endoscopy
An endoscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that evaluates the upper portion of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, the very upper part of your small intestine.
Why is Upper Endoscopy done?
Upper endoscopy helps your doctor evaluate symptoms of persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing.
It’s also is an excellent test for finding the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract.
It’s also more accurate than x-ray films for detecting inflammation, ulcers, and tumors of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.
Your doctor might use upper endoscopy to obtain a biopsy (small tissue samples). A biopsy helps your doctor distinguish between benign and malignant (cancerous) tissues.
Remember, biopsies are taken for many reasons, and your doctor might order one even if he or she does not suspect cancer.
For example, your doctor might use a biopsy to test for Helicobacter Pylori, a bacterium that causes ulcers.
Upper endoscopy is also used to treat conditions of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Your doctor can pass instruments through the endoscope to directly treat many abnormalities with little or no discomfort.
For example, your doctor might stretch a narrowed area, remove polyps (usually benign growths), or treat bleeding.
Please be aware that for your safety, Southwestern Endoscopy Center has a Ride Home Policy. It is imperative that you are aware of and understand this policy prior to your procedure.
Patients should be accompanied home by a responsible adult known to the patient 16 or older.
Acceptable alternatives when the patient has no responsible adult available to drive them home are as follows:
Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation F.A.C.T https://www.factbus.com/schedules.htm
Green County Transportation https://www.co.greene.pa.us/department-transportation-services
If you don’t have a driver we will cancel your procedure.
Bring insurance card and photo ID 📇
Please wear a mask upon entry to the facility 😷
Plan to be here for approximately 2.5 to 3 hours 🕜
Southwestern Endoscopy Center
302 Spring Creek Lane
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: (724) 439-8906
Mon - Fri: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mon - Fri: 6:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.