Jefferson University Hospitals

Upper Endoscopy

In order to make an accurate diagnosis for conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, diverticulitis, hiatal hernia or cancer, our gastroenterologists will perform an upper endoscopy.

What Does an Upper Endoscopy Involve?

An upper endoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting a mini-camera attached to a tube called an endoscope down your throat. This enables your physician to obtain detailed images of your upper digestive tract — which includes the esophagus, the throat and the back of your mouth – to detect structural or functional abnormalities. You will be sedated during this procedure.

If disease is detected, your Jefferson medical team may perform further testing or develop a personalized treatment plan based on the precise nature of your condition and your individual needs.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy to Treat Certain Digestive Conditions

We may also use esophagogastroduodenoscopy to treat certain conditions, such as bleeding, polyps, difficulty swallowing or the removal of foreign objects.

If your physician recommends this procedure, turn to the experts of the Jefferson Digestive Health Institute and Jefferson's Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit. Our Unit is the busiest academic endoscopy unit on the East Coast performing more than 13,000 endoscopic procedures per year. A full spectrum of diagnostic and advanced therapeutic procedures are offered, including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound, enteroscopy, photodynamic therapy and capsule endoscopy.