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An upper endoscopy, or EGD, is a gastroenterology procedure where Dr. David Yamini, uses a thin scope with a light and a camera at the end of the device, to look inside the upper digestive tract. An EGD, allows Dr. Yamini to look at the esophagus, stomach, and the beginning of the small intestine.

An upper endoscopy is commonly done in conjunction with a colonoscopy, or lower endoscopy. Both are out patient procedures, that are able to identify and treat abdominal disorders or even abdominal bleeding.

A lower endoscopy can help diagnosis the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or vommitting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid Reflux
  • Bleeding
  • Heartburn
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Inflammation
  • Ulcers
  • Tumors

Some people ask us if an X-ray can take the place of an upper endoscopy. It’s a great question. However, upper endoscopies are more accurate than x-rays and more accurately detect unusual growths or cancer. An endoscope also allows Dr. Yamini to provide treatment. For example, polyps, tissue growths, can be found and then removed and later biopsied. If an area within the stomach or esophagus is too narrow, a balloon or stent can be used to stretch the area. Any items causing blockage can be removed and any bleeding due to ulcers can be treated.
How to Prepare for an Upper Endoscopy

Dr. Yamini is a skilled, compassionate, and expert gastroenterologist in Santa Monica. It’s important to let Dr. Yamini know if you are pregnant, have heart or lung conditions, or are on any specific medications. It’s important not to eat or drink for anything for 8 hours prior to your procedure. Any medications taken regularly, should be discussed with Dr. Yamini. Most medications for high blood pressure, thyroid or heart conditions can be taken with a small amount of water. If you are diabetic, please discuss and bring your diabetes medication with you to your procedure.

An upper endoscopy does require sedation, which can make you drowsy, dizzy, and may impair your judgement. All patients must have someone drive them home after your procedure.

If you have questions about having a upper endoscopy or EGD or would like to see Dr. Yamini, of Westside Gastro Care, call our office today for an appointment (310) 285-3005 or contact us here with your preferred appointment time and date and our staff will call to confirm.

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Nicole R.

Scheduling was extremely easy with Dr. Yamini's staff, I scheduled my Tuesday appointment on Monday afternoon. The staff and Dr. Yamini were courteous and straightforward - even with new patient paperwork I was out the door within an hour!

Bill C.

Dr. Yamini definitely is a great doctor who is very thorough and detail oriented with his diagnosis. He is very passionate about what he does and was able to answer any question or concern. He took his time before my appointment to look through all the documentation to know exactly what was going on. He definitely was able to put me at ease even though I was very worried. I am very satisfied with his services. Thanks!

Mario O.

He was very gentle about my situation yet did not fail to emphasize about the seriousness that could arise from gastrointestinal problems. Few and far between are as professional and caring as Dr. Yamini and his staff. I was 20 minutes late on Friday evening & they still had me in a room in 5 minutes as a new patient.

Lisa P.

I can’t say enough great things about my first impression of this doctor and his amazing staff! They got me right in and set me up for everything needed. I’ve been looking for the right GI doctor for years having had a very negative experience with another doctor years ago. Dr. Yamini is not only professional, knowledgeable, respectful, and experienced... this guy is “cool” and nice too! His front desk person, Toni was amazing! She was kind, bright, efficient, patient, and positive! ??

Kendall S.

Makes talking about uncomfortable subjects a breeze. Competent and honest: doesn't sell vitamin cleanses and his own probiotics or anything like that. Makes sure your symptoms aren't half-fixed but fully fixed. Gets to the heart of the issue quickly. Good listener. Very sweet receptionist. I hate receiving many phone calls, and she's persistent about making sure you set up an appointment; it was stressing me out. I found the her much easier to connect with once she gave me her cell and said to text.

Babak E.

Thank you Dr. Yamini and Tony. When it comes to patient care and professionalism, I have never received this much care and attention from a physician and the staff. I was able to talk to Dr. Yamini for good period of time allowing me to ask all my questions. Tony you are so cute thank you for scheduling me in last minute.

Kyle K.

I highly recommend Dr. Yamini. He's very personable and actually listens to your issues and concerns, then recommends a reasonable course of action. He was able to properly diagnose my symptoms and get me healthy again. Also his admin Toni is great too, she will help select a facility and verify that your insurance will fully cover. She's really nice and trustworthy as well!

Eric W.

Thorough doctor who cares about his patients, and very meticulous about the details of your ailment. Clearly very knowledgeable and skilled. No wait time for appointments, and the nurse (Toni) is very friendly and follows up appropriately. One of the best doctor experiences I've had and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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