EGD (Upper Endoscopy)

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Find the Cause of Digestive Tract Problems

EGD is a test procedure to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine. It is also sometimes called an upper endoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy,

This is an outpatient procedure that uses an intravenous sedative or another form of anesthesia. Plan to have someone drive you home after the procedure.

a rendering of an EGD screening

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Why Would You Need An EGD?

An EGD allows for a direct view and biopsies of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

It can be more accurate than X-rays in diagnosing problems including acid reflux, GERD, heartburn, tumors, inflammation, gastrointestinal disorders, ulcers and swallowing issues.

You may need an EGD if you have unexplained:

How to Prep

For Your EGD Procedure

  1. We will provide you with specific instructions before your exam.
  2. You will go into the procedure with an empty stomach, consuming only clear liquids (broth, gelatin, popsicles, water, black coffee or tea) for six to eight hours beforehand. We will also discuss your medication protocol with you prior to your exam.
  3. Our staff is happy to assist you with any concerns or questions.

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What to Expect

The Day of Your EGD

  1. When you arrive, we will make sure you feel comfortable and respected.
  2. You’ll receive pain medication and sedation to help you relax, then lie on your left side as one of our gastroenterologists guides the endoscope through your mouth and down into the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Air flows through the endoscope into the stomach and duodenum to make it easier to see the organs.
  3. Images are viewed on a monitor to detect problems or perform treatments.
  4. If necessary, small pieces of tissue can be removed for biopsy. Though some people report mild discomfort, the procedure should be pain-free

An EGD exam takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Getting Your Results

In some cases, we will be able to review your results before you go home. If not, we will share the results with you in a timely fashion at a follow-up visit or via phone call.

We will determine if you need additional screenings, procedures, or treatment plans depending on the results.

What type of visit do you need?

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