What is an upper endoscopy / EGD?
An upper endoscopy is a type of diagnostic screening used to evaluate your small intestine in detail. During an upper endoscopy, your gastroenterologist uses a special scope, or tube, with a tiny camera attached to it to view the inside of your stomach and intestines.
What should I expect during an upper endoscopy?
Before your upper endoscopy, your gastroenterologist gives you special pre-procedure instructions. You may have to stop eating or drinking up to eight hours before treatment or take a bowel prep to empty your large intestine. Plan to have someone drive you home after the procedure and take the rest of the day off work.
Just before the upper endoscopy, your doctor gives you a sedative to relax you during the procedure. With an upper endoscopy, they insert an endoscope through your throat and down your esophagus to view your upper GI tract.
Upper endoscopies are typically quick procedures and only take 15-30 minutes to complete.
What happens after the procedure?
After the procedure, you relax in a recovery room for about an hour while your sedation wears off. Have a friend or family member drive you home and take it easy the remainder of the day.
Upper GI Endoscopy/EGD What Can I Expect?
An upper GI endoscopy uses an endoscope to look at, diagnose and treat issues in the esophagus, stomach and start of the small intestine. A biopsy can be done during this procedure to look for microscopic evidence of disease.