Posts Tagged ‘Stomach and digestive systems’

Upper gastrointestinal series

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Tests, procedures and surgery

(Upper GI Series; Barium Swallow; Barium Meal)

Upper gastrointestinal series – Definition

This is a series of x-rays of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). Together, the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum are called the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, or upper digestive system. The x-rays are taken during and after drinking a chemical called barium. The barium solution is a thick, white, chalky, milkshake-like liquid. It coats the inside lining of your GI tract. This makes the GI tract show up better on the x-ray.

Upper Digestive System

Barium enema

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Tests, procedures and surgery

(Barium X-ray; Lower GI Series)

Barium enema – Definition

Barium is a milky fluid that absorbs x-rays. Barium will be placed into your bowels through your rectum. This is called an enema. Barium coats the lining of your lower intestines. This makes that area easier to see on an x-ray.

Barium Enema

Vertical banded gastroplasty – open surgery

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(Stomach Stapling; Bariatric Surgery; Weight-Reduction Surgery)

Vertical banded gastroplasty – open surgery – Definition

Vertical banded gastroplasty is surgery to treat obesity. It causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food you can eat.

The Stomach

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – open surgery

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(Bariatric Surgery; Weight-Reduction Surgery)

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – open surgery – Definition

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a surgery for obesity. It changes the stomach and small intestine to cause weight loss by:

  • Restricting food intake — creates a small pouch to serve as the stomach, so you cannot eat as much
  • Making the body unable to absorb as many calories from the food — bypasses the first part of the small intestine, where many of the calories from food are usually absorbed.