An upper endoscopy, also known as an EGD, involves the insertion of a flexible tube with an attached camera into the mouth and advanced to the stomach and early small bowel. The procedure is used to diagnose disorders of the digestive tract, as well as can obtain tissue biopsies and even treat issues that are found such as bleeding ulcers and narrowed strictures (a narrowing in the intestines or esophagus).
Who Needs an EGD?
Upper endoscopy is a safe, effective means of diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions affecting the digestive tract. The gastroenterologist may recommend this procedure for patients who are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Trouble swallowing
- Painful swallowing
- Persistent heartburn
- Chronic nausea
- Abdominal pain
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, feel free to contact our office for more information.
Before Your EGD
Before undergoing an EGD, you will need to avoid eating or drinking for up to eight hours. You may also need to stop taking certain medications like aspirin and anti-coagulants, but that should be discussed with your internist or cardiologist first.
How is an EGD Performed?
Your upper endoscopy is performed on an outpatient basis at our fully accredited state of the art endoscopy suite. An attending anesthesiologist is present for the entire procedure and will administer medications through an IV to ensure that you are sedated and comfortable.
During the procedure, a small tube called an endoscope is advanced down the esophagus, through the stomach and into the first portion of the small intestine. A camera at the end of the tube enables the doctor to visualize the lining of the digestive tract for abnormalities. A biopsy may also be performed at this time to test the tissue for various conditions and diseases including cancer.
In general, the procedure for an upper endoscopy lasts about 10 minutes. Once the sedative wears off, you will be able to go home. The whole procedure from arrival to departure should be 1 hour. You will discuss the results with your doctor prior to leaving the office.