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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.