EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy or Upper GI)
An upper GI allows your doctor to view your esophagus, stomach, and the upper portion of your small intestine. An endoscope is gently inserted through the mouth and into the esophagus. A small amount of air is injected to help the doctor see clearly. Any fluid can be suctioned out through the scope. The scope can advance through the stomach and into the first portion of the small intestine.
The EGD is an excellent diagnostic tool, allowing your doctor to take samples of tissue for biopsy, remove polyps, and control any bleeding found during the procedure. The EDG is used to find the cause of abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, or bleeding. It can also be used to confirm GERD and to check for esophageal damage caused by exposure to stomach acid. Your next steps with treatment will depend on the findings during the test.
Medication is given to ensure the procedure is comfortable. It's important to follow all of your doctor's instructions prior to the procedure and let the doctor know what medications you take, including herbal and over the counter products.
When the procedure is complete, you are given discharge instructions to complete before you go home. Complications are very rare, but please contact the office if you experience worsening abdominal pain, bleeding, or fever.