Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) or upper endoscopy involves the placing of an endoscope (a small flexible tube attached to a video camera and light) into the upper GI—Includes the esophagus, stomach, and the duodenum (beginning of small intestine). The procedure is used to search for abnormalities and diagnose problems, including:
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
- Abdominal pain, bleeding, ulcers and tumors
- Obtain tissue samples to test for bacterial infection, such as H. Pylon bacteria, a cause of many stomach ulcers
- Treat bleeding ulcers
It is important that no food is consumed within 8-10 hours and no liquids consumed for 6 hours.
The procedure is typically not painful. Our staff is dedicated to providing a very comfortable, caring atmosphere during your procedure. Sedation will be administered to keep you comfortable. A mouthpiece is placed inside your mouth to keep it open. If you have loose teeth, please make sure you notify the staff and the physician before the start of the procedure.
Complications are extremely uncommon, but include perforation or puncture of the intestinal wall that could require surgical repair and bleeding which could require a blood transfusion.
Mild sore throat, bloating or cramping may ensue, post-procedure. If you experience these symptoms, your recovery time may be longer than average. If you have concerns, please be sure to discuss them with us. Results of your biopsy or other information will be provided to you within a few days upon follow up in the clinic.