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An upper endoscopy is used to directly view the esophagus, and first part of the small bowel. We do this in order to evaluate stomach pain or swallowing difficulties. In order to make the procedure more comfortable for patients, we use two types of sedation as well as a topical numbing spray on the back of the throat. Once in the GI tract we can take biopsies if there are abnormalities.

first_aidEndoscopy Handout

This handout will cover what to do in preparation, and what to expect during, the procedure.