Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

An upper endoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that examines the lining of the upper part of a patient’s gastrointestinal tract — the esophagus, stomach and duodenum — using a thing, flexible tube with its own camera. The procedure helps identify any problems that may require evaluation, diagnosis or treatment.

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

An upper endoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that examines the lining of the upper part of a patient’s gastrointestinal tract — the esophagus, stomach and duodenum — using a thing, flexible tube with its own camera. The procedure helps identify any problems that may require evaluation, diagnosis or treatment.

Who should have an EGD?

An EGD can be used to help identify inflammation, ulcers and tumors, as well as determining the causes of the following:

  • Abdominal or Chest Pain
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Bleeding
  • Swallowing Problems

What preparation is required?

Patients should arrive for the procedure with an empty stomach. In addition, detailed instructions are provided at the time the appointment is scheduled. Those instructions will outline what a patient should and should not do in preparation for the procedure.

What can you expect during an EGD?

The procedure usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes. Patients receive sedative medication, which will make them feel relaxed and drowsy. Patients should plan on being on site approximately an hour, including time for preparation and recovery.

What happens After an EGD?

After your EGD, the physician will explain the results to the patient. The patient’s throat may feel a little sore, and the air introduced into the stomach during the procedure can cause the patient to feel slightly bloated. These are both minor and temporary conditions. The patient must have someone available to transport them home, because the medications used during the procedure will not allow them to drive on their own.

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