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Upper GI Bleeding

Let Us Help You Understand the Signs of Upper GI Bleeding

The main part of the gastrointestinal tract can be greatly affected by upper GI bleeding. The main part of the gastrointestinal tract includes the stomach, esophagus and the upper small intestine. Upper GI bleeding is four times more common than lower GI bleeding. If you are experiencing upper GI bleeding symptoms, turn to the world class surgeons at miVIP for effective and minimally invasive options, such as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, also known as an EGD surgery.

During the procedure we will examine your upper GI tract to see if there are any issues that need to be taken care of. Not only can diagnosing and treating upper GI bleeding help improve your quality of life, but understanding it can as well.


Before we can conduct an EGD surgery, we will first need to determine the initial cause of your bleeding. Common causes of upper GI bleeding include:

  • Inflammation
  • Gastritis
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Esophageal varices
  • Cancer
  • Mallory-Weiss Tear

In most situations, a peptic ulcer is what causes upper GI bleeding symptoms and bleeding. It has been estimated that one in ten individuals will develop a peptic ulcer during their lifetime.

Common Symptoms

Some of the most prevalent symptoms of upper GI bleeding are bloody stools and vomiting blood. Even if you notice a little bit of blood, there is still a possibility that might suffer from potentially fatal complications. Besides knowing upper GI bleeding symptoms, you should also be familiar with the signs of blood loss, which include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue/Weakness
  • Trouble catching your breath


During an EGD surgery, also known as an endoscopy, miVIP surgeons will be able to diagnose the condition as well as treat it in some cases. Common treatment options include:

  • Surgery – In the event that an endoscopy is not effective in staunching the bleeding, a section of the patient’s ulcerated area or stomach might have to be removed
  • Clip – In a majority of cases, a clip is the only way to stop a bleed
  • Injections – When a patient shows upper GI bleeding symptoms, chemical injections might prove effective in stopping the bleeding
  • Cauterization – Cauterizing the wound with heat can prove successful with a majority of patients. A heater probe can also be taken to the site of the bleed and the lining surrounding it

After the EGD surgery or treatment option is complete and the bleeding is under control, medications are usually administered to keep the bleed from returning. It might be necessary to give the patient a blood transfusion or iron in order to bring their blood and iron levels to normal.


If an upper GI bleed is not taken care of as soon as possible, it can lead to low blood pressure, extreme anemia and possibly even death. The prognosis for individuals who are over the age of 60 might not be so favorable. The risk factors for surgery, bleeding and death include:

  • Intense coagulopathy
  • Hypotension
  • Red blood cells transfusion

Call Us Today

If you have any questions or concerns about upper GI bleeding symptoms, or if your doctor has recommended you have EGD surgery, get in touch with the superior surgeons at Las Vegas miVIP today by calling 877-956-2263.

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