Patient Info
Upper Endoscopy
An EGD is the examination of the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). During the EGD a flexible endoscope is passed through the mouth to the esophagus, stomach and duodenum for direct visualization. Your doctor can diagnose ulcers, gastritis, tumors and causes of pain or bleeding. It is also used for taking biopsy specimens, removing foreign objects, stopping bleeding and opening strictures (narrow areas).
Inform Your Physician If...

  1. you have any allergies to medications or anesthetics.
  2. you take medication or are on a blood thinners.
  3. you have heart valve replacements or a history of endocarditis.
  4. you have had any total joint replacements.
  5. you are pregnant.

Getting Ready...

  1. Arrive approximately one hour before scheduled time for EGD. Check in at the receptionist's desk.
  2. Do not eat or drink after 12 midnight prior to procedure unless directed to do so by your physician.
  3. Please dress simply. Do not bring large amounts of cash or wear expensive jewelry.

Your physician will discuss with you any possible risks or complications of these endoscopic procedures.
How Long? And What Happens?

  1. Length of procedure is approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
  2. The nurse will ask you to wear a gown and to lie on your left side for the procedure. She will also ask you to take off your glasses and remove any dentures.
  3. The EGD usually requires intravenous sedation, therefore you will need someone to drive you home. The nurse will apply a cardiac monitor, blood pressure cuff and a device to measure oxygen concentration.
  4. Your throat may be anesthetized with spray or gargle. You will be asked to swallow the endoscope, which is thinner than most food you swallow. The endoscope does not interfere with breathing.
  5. You may not remember the actual procedure because of the medications given.

After The Procedure...

  1. You will be observed after the procedure for about an hour.
  2. Follow the written discharge instructions given to you by the nurse.
  3. You will need someone to drive you home.

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