Also known as EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy), an Upper Endoscopy is a procedure used to view the esophagus, stomach, and part of the small bowel. This procedure is performed by a gastroenterologist in order to check for signs of reflux, peptic ulcer disease, or tumors.
Barium Upper GI (Barium Swallow Study)
This is a test performed in the radiology department. You will be asked to drink a liquid barium solution and we will take a series of X-ray films of your upper digestive tract. This is performed to visualize the presence of reflux, hiatal hernia, inflammation or obstruction. It can also show some problems with esophageal motility.
Esophageal pH Monitoring
This procedure is performed in the GI lab to measure the reflux of acid from the stomach into the esophagus that occurs in GERD. Two different types of pH monitoring can be used, one with a probe and one with a capsule. Your gastroenterologist or surgeon will discuss which one is best for you.
This procedure is performed in the GI lab to identify problems with movement and pressure in your esophagus. It measures the strength and muscle coordination of the esophagus during swallowing. The information obtained from this test can help doctors to identify esophageal problems and should you need surgery, is often needed to tailor the surgical approach to your body.