Upper Endoscopy Specialist

Joseph Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP -  - Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

Joseph Saracino, MD, FACG, FACP

Gastroenterology and Endoscopy located in Kinston, NC

If you have unexplained abdominal pain or suspect you have an ulcer, you may need an upper endoscopy to diagnose your condition. At the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, in Kinston, North Carolina, you can receive a diagnostic upper endoscopy on site to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. Dr. Saracino also performs biopsies during upper endoscopies to rule out cancer and other diseases. To find out more about the diagnostic benefits of an upper endoscopy, call the office of Joseph Saracino, MD, or request an appointment through the online booking system today.

Upper Endoscopy Q & A

What is an upper endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows Dr. Saracino to explore the lining of your esophagus, your stomach, and the first part of your small intestine.

This procedure is beneficial for diagnosing the root cause of unexplained pain or other symptoms. 

An upper endoscopy can also help Dr. Saracino visualize abnormalities that won’t show up on an X-ray, such as:

  • Tumors
  • Polyps
  • Ulcers
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Inflammation

Dr. Saracino can also use an upper endoscopy to remove samples of suspicious tissue to check for more serious underlying health conditions, including cancer.

How do I prepare for an upper endoscopy?

Prior to your appointment for an upper endoscopy, Dr. Saracino reviews any medications you take and may recommend making changes in the days leading up to your procedure.

You should also not eat or drink for at least eight hours before your upper endoscopy to ensure your stomach is empty.

Wear comfortable clothing on the day of your procedure and plan to have someone drive you to and from your appointment, as you’ll receive a sedative.

What can I expect during an upper endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Saracino performs in his state-of-the-art endoscopy facility.

To keep you comfortable during your procedure, Dr. Saracino offers an anesthetic spray or gargle to numb your throat and relax your gag reflex. He also provides a sedative to help your body relax and places a mouthguard over your teeth to prevent unintentional damage.

Dr. Saracino inserts a thin, flexible tube into your mouth and gently guides it past your throat and into your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. The tube contains an attached light and camera to send real-time images of your upper gastrointestinal tract to an external monitor.

Watching this monitor throughout your procedure, Dr. Saracino can identify inflammation, ulcers, and other abnormalities. If he finds growths or suspicious tissue, he inserts specialized tools through the tube to remove a sample of the tissue for further evaluation at a medical lab.

Dr. Saracino also offers capsule endoscopy that uses CapsoCam Plus® technology. You swallow a small pill that contains a camera which obtains images of your gastrointestinal tract by taking pictures as it moves through your body at home. 

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

Following your in-office upper endoscopy, you’ll spend a brief period in recovery as the sedative wears off, and then you can go home to rest.

You may experience a sore throat, but it will resolve within a few days, and you should be able to return to your usual activities without any limitations soon after your procedure.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of an upper endoscopy, schedule an appointment online today or call the office of Joseph Saracino, MD.