Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Procedure Questions

What is an Upper Endoscopy?

An Upper Endoscopy, or an EGD (short for esophagogastroduodenoscopy), is a visual examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract using a long flexible tube called an endoscope.

Procedure Bullet Points

An Upper Endoscopy:

  • Typically takes 5-20 minutes
  • Is well-tolerated
  • Is low-risk
  • May involve sedation

Your doctor guides the endoscope down the throat, through the stomach, and into the small intestine.

As the endoscope passes through your upper gastrointestinal tract a small camera attached to the tip will transmit images to a video monitor. Your doctor will watch this to look for abnormalities.

Your doctor may recommend an Upper Endoscopy (EGD) to diagnose or treat:

  • Ulcers of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine
  • Tumors of the upper intestinal tract
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Indigestion
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Heartburn and related complications
  • Barrett’s Esophagus

Your doctor will give you instructions to prepare for the Upper Endoscopy (EGD) procedure. Most likely, you will be asked to fast for at least 4-8 hours beforehand to ensure an empty stomach.

Inform your doctor of:

  • Any medication that you take regularly, especially;
    • aspirin products
    • arthritis medications
    • blood thinners (such as Warfarin or Heparin)
    • Clopidogrel
    • Insulin
  • Any known allergies to medication
  • Any medical conditions that will require special attention, such as;
    • diabetes
    • heart conditions
    • lung conditions
    • any other major conditions

You’ll need to plan for ride home from the office as it is not advised for patients to drive for the remainder of the day due to effects from the medication.

It’s important to follow all of your doctor’s instructions.

During an Upper Endoscopy (EGD), you’ll be asked to lay on your back or on your side.

You may be given:

  • A sedative to help you relax
  • A local anesthetic to numb your throat
  • A mouth guard to wear and hold open your mouth

Your doctor will ask you to swallow as the endoscope is worked down your esophagus. You won’t be able to speak while the endoscopy is in progress, but you will be able to breathe and make noises.

You might feel:

  • Pressure in the throat and abdomen
  • A feeling of fullness as air is fed into the GI tract

You shouldn’t feel any pain.

You’ll be taken to a room to rest after the Upper Endoscopy (EGD) procedure where you’ll be monitored until your sedatives begin to wear off.

Once home, you may feel:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Cramping
  • Sore Throat

You should take it easy for the rest of the day after your endoscopy. You should have a ride prepared as the sedatives may impair your judgement.

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