Upper Endoscopy

About

An upper endoscopy is a procedure that is conducted in order to visually examine the upper portion of the digestive system by using a small camera attached to a tube, much like a colonoscopy.

What It Helps

The purpose of an upper endoscopy is to conduct a more thorough and accurate diagnosis for certain conditions, possibly even treating them. Using specialized medical tools, your doctor can treat conditions by passing them through the endoscope and into the affected area for appropriate action.

- Biopsy

What is a biopsy?

In a biopsy, a piece of tissue or bodily fluid is sampled from an area of the body for closer examination. Biopsies are usually conducted when a doctor is led to believe that there may be an abnormality around the area in question.

Why do you need a biopsy?

Typically, biopsies are most helpful for detecting digestive cancers. However, a biopsy is useful for obtaining information from many other areas of concern other than just the surface of the skin. After conducting a biopsy, a problem can be easier to diagnose and an accurate treatment plan can be put into place going forward.

- Esophageal Banding

About

Esophageal banding is done to shrink varices in the esophagus. An endoscope is used to move small bands made of rubber down the throat until the varices are reached. The bands are placed around the varices, causing them to shrink. The bands may also be put into place to prevent or stop bleeding.

What It Helps:

Esophageal banding is used to treat varices in your esophagus. Esophageal varices are swollen veins in your esophagus, caused by a clot or scar tissue in the liver that restricts normal blood flow.

- Preoperative exam for bariatric surgery

About

Certain routine tests will be done prior to bariatric surgery. These tests may include blood studies, an abdominal ultrasound, and an EKG, among others. Other tests may be requested and could include chest x-rays, psychiatric evaluations, colonoscopies, sleep studies, among others. You may also undergo evaluation from health care professionals in addition to your primary care provider and surgeon, including a dietitian or psychologist.

What It Helps:

An accurate assessment of your health is needed before any surgery. The best way to avoid complications is to understand their potential to begin with. These tests will determine if you have liver malfunction, breathing difficulties, and other abnormalities.

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