EGD (Upper Endoscopy)

What is EGD?

Upper endoscopy, or EGD, is a procedure used to examine the upper digestive system. A long flexible tube with a tiny video camera on the tip is inserted through the mouth to help the doctor visualize the esophagus, stomach, and beginning of the small intestine.

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Preparation for Procedure

  • Continue all medications prior to the exam unless otherwise directed by Dr.Singh
  • If you take any blood-thinners such as Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin or others, please discuss this with Dr.Singh as he may need to stop these prior to your procedure
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight
  • The morning of your procedure, you may take all of your usual medications unless otherwise directed by Dr.Singh.
  • You will be sedated during your endoscopy. Because of this you will not be able to drive after the procedure and will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.

During Procedure

Before the procedure you’ll be given an intravenous sedative to make you pleasantly drowsy. During the EGD you’ll be lying down either on your back, or on a side in a comfortable position. The endoscope will be gently guided from your mouth to your esophagus, stomach and duodenum. The endoscope doesn’t interfere with breathing; you’ll be able to breathe comfortably throughout the procedure. To ensure that Dr. Singh can see the area clearly, he may introduce some air into your stomach. The procedure usually lasts from 5-15 minutes. For most patients, the procedure is not uncomfortable and many will sleep through the procedure.

After Procedure

You’ll be recovering for 1-2 hours from the immediate effects of the sedative. Dr. Singh will discuss the results of your upper endoscopy with you after the procedure, or with your family if you are still asleep. If a biopsy has been taken during the procedure, results will be available in 3-5 days. You will need a ride back home, shouldn’t make any important decisions, and will be best advised to rest for the remainder of the day.

You may feel a little bloated, which is a common reaction to the air pumped into your stomach during EGD. The feeling will pass within hours as you expel gas. Should you have a sore throat, gargling with salt water will relieve it. Unless Dr. Singh instructed you differently, you’ll be able to resume your normal diet and medication schedule after you go back home. Complications after EGD are uncommon. Should you experience fever, chills, chest pains, persisting sore throat, abdominal pain or notice a significant amount of blood in your stool, contact Dr. Singh immediately.