What is an Upper Endoscopy?

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) or upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, is a procedure that your physician can use to examine your esophagus, stomach and the first portion of your small intestine. An EGD may be recommended for many reasons. Some reasons include: the evaluation of heartburn, nausea, difficulty swallowing or even abdominal pain.

How Should I Prepare for an Upper Endoscopy?

In preparation for your EGD, you be given dietary instructions and will arrive fasting for the procedure, much like a colonoscopy. Unlike a colonoscopy, however, no bowel cleaning is necessary prior to this procedure. After you arrive at the outpatient endoscopy center or the hospital where the procedure will be performed, an IV will be inserted. Through that IV, you will be given a sedating medicine; this will allow you to remain comfortable during the procedure. Throughout the procedure you will be closely monitored. Monitoring of your lungs and heart will also take place throughout the procedure to ensure your safety.

At the time of the procedure, the physician may take pictures, biopsies, or other interventions depending on the findings during the procedure and the initial reason for the exam.

How Long Does an Upper Endoscopy Take?

An EGD is a relatively quick procedure and usually takes only about 5-10 minutes. Patients typically wake up feeling comfortable. The sensation of bloating or fullness following the procedure is common.

Due to the use of the sedating medicine, you will need a driver on the day of your procedure and are instructed to rest for the remainder of the day afterwards.

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