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Upper Endoscopy aka EGD

What is an EGD?

An Upper Endoscopy, also known as an EGD - esophagogastroduodenoscopy
(eh-SAH-fuh-goh-GAS-troh-doo-AH-duh-NAH-skuh-pee), enables your physician
to look at the inside of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first part of
the small intestine). You may have to have this procedure done if you are
having swallowing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, reflux, bleeding, indigestion,
abdominal pain or chest pain.



How do I get ready for an EGD?

Preparing for an EGD is very easy. You just stop eating solid food 8
hours prior to the exam. You can drink clear liquids up until 3 hours prior.
At that point, you cannot have anything more to drink. If you take blood thinners,
you will need to stop taking them to avoid possible bleeding. Please speak with
your prescribing doctor about this and following their recommendations.



What can I expect when I get there?

After you check in with the receptionist, a nurse or technician will
bring you back to your private room. A member of the staff will take you vital
signs and review your health history. An IV will be administered so that the
anesthetist can administer medication so that you will be comfortable during
the procedure.

Your physician will have you lay on your left side on the exam table. Once you
are sedated and comfortable, the physician will insert a long, flexible, lighted
tube (called an endoscope) into your mouth. They will be able to visualize the
inside of your esophagus, stomach and duodenum. If the physician see any abnormalities,
like ulcers, they will insert a small instrument into the scope to remove small
samples of tissue (biopsy) for further tests.

Bleeding or puncture of the stomach lining are possible complications. However,
such complications are very rare. Most people will most likely have nothing more
than a mild sore throat.

The procedure usually does not take more than 15 minutes. Once it is completed,
you will be wheeled back to your private room for recovery. A nurse will monitor
you during this time. You will begin waking up in a few minutes. You will be able
to resume a normal diet after the procedure. Remember to ask for your gourmet coffee
or tea from our Bottom's UP Cafe before you leave.

You will be given a copy of the report and one will also be sent to your primary care
doctor. Once you are fully awake, you will be able to go home. Please note you will
have to have someone you know and trust drive you due to the anesthesia. You will
need to rest and relax for the rest of the day and resume normal activities the
following day.

We understand that having medical procedures can be scary and stressful. We strive
to make your visit with us as comfortable as possible.

Please give us a call at 719-632-7101 or contact us through our website to
schedule an appointment.