Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

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Upper Endoscopy (EGD)2019-01-06T13:55:23+00:00

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

An upper endoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that enables your doctor to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract-the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine)-using a thin flexible tube with its own camera. Your doctor will use the endoscope to look closely for any problems that may require evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment.

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

An upper endoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that enables your doctor to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract-the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine)-using a thin flexible tube with its own camera. Your doctor will use the endoscope to look closely for any problems that may require evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment.

Who should have an EGD?

The procedure is commonly used to identify the causes of the following:

  • Abdominal or chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Bleeding
  • Swallowing Problems
  • Identify inflammation, ulcers, and tumors

Upper endoscopy is more accurate than X-ray for detecting inflammation, ulcers and tumors of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

What preparation is required?

You should arrive for the procedure with an empty stomach. In addition, detailed instructions are provided at the time of scheduling that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation.

What can you expect during an EGD?

An endoscopy requires sedation, while the small, flexible video camera is passed through the mouth into  the esophagus, stomach, and intestines to allow the gastroenterologist to identify problems in the gastrointestinal tract.

The procedure generally lasts approximately 15 to 30 minutes. You should plan on being on site approximately 60 minutes, including time for preparation and recovery.

What happens After an EGD?

After your EGD, your physician will explain the results to you. Your throat may feel a little sore, and the air introduced into your stomach during the procedure can cause you to feel slightly bloated. These are both minor and temporary conditions. Someone must be present to drive you home because of the medications used during your procedure.

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