Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Upper Endoscopy/EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure that uses an endoscope to examine the upper GI tract, which includes your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of your small intestine). An EGD can help diagnose the cause of abdominal pain, bleeding in the upper GI tract, nausea and vomiting, swallowing problems, and heartburn.

You will be given special instructions to follow prior to the procedure, to ensure your stomach is empty. To avoid any pain or discomfort, you will be given an anesthesia medication. An endoscope is a flexible tube with a light and camera at the tip. The gastroenterologist will insert the endoscope into the mouth and down the throat. During the EGD procedure, your gastroenterologist will examine your upper GI tract and may also biopsy tissue, remove polyps, or dilate or stretch narrowed areas. You can return home soon after the procedure.

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