Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Conditions

Your GI (digestive) system includes everything from where food enters your body to where it exits – 30 feet of organs from your mouth to your anus.

Your upper GI system refers to your mouth, pharynx (throat), esophagus, stomach and the first part of your small intestine (duodenum). Here's how these parts work:

  • Pharynx (throat) – When you swallow, food and liquids travel from your mouth to your throat, then into the esophagus. The muscles in the throat make swallowing possible.
  • Esophagus – Your esophagus is a muscular tube-shaped organ that goes from your throat to your stomach. It's about 10 inches long. Food passes from the esophagus to the stomach.
  • Stomach – Food and liquids travel from the esophagus to the stomach. In the stomach, they are grinded and mixed with stomach fluids to make them easier to digest.
  • Duodenum – The last part of the upper GI system is the duodenum. Food that is partly digested moves from the stomach to the duodenum to further digest.

All the parts of the digestive system must work properly by themselves and as a "team" so you can eat, drink and digest food without problems.

You notice if the parts of your digestive system don't work right. You might have trouble swallowing, heartburn, stomachaches, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids or other problems. Your doctor can treat some of these symptoms. Other symptoms may last your whole life.

No matter what your problem is, our gastrointestinal specialists work closely with you to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Our experienced gastrointestinal specialists are ready to help you with upper GI concerns.

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