Getting to the Bottom of Your Digestive Problems

The Upper Endoscopy procedure examines possible abnormalities in the upper digestive tract. This includes the esophagus, the stomach, and the upper half of the duodenum, right above the small intestine. This procedure is also referred to as an EGD.

Understanding the Upper Endoscopy

The Upper Endoscopy is an effective procedure that is in many ways more accurate than X-rays at discovering any abnormalities in the upper digestive tract. This procedure involves a small camera attached at the end of a thin, flexible scope.

The camera and scope are inserted into the body through the mouth and slid down the throat. While this is commonly an outpatient service, this procedure can also be done in a hospital to better find the causes of internal bleeding and other conditions.

Do I Need an Upper Endoscopy?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you might need an upper endoscopy:

Vomiting Difficulty with swallowing Excessive heartburn

Bleeding Chest painAbdominal pain Nausea

If you experience one or more of the symptoms listed above, notify your primary care physician as soon as possible. After their check up, they might require you to undergo an upper endoscopy. The purpose of this is to detect any conditions in the upper digestive tract, such as cancer or polyps.

If necessary, an EGD can also involve the removal of polyps. Tissue samples may also be taken to be tested in a lab.

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Preparing for a Upper Endoscopy

The initial consultation with your doctor is the most important step in preparing for your colonoscopy. Your doctor
should discuss the following topics in your consultation:

  • Inform your doctor of all crucial information during the initial consultation. This includes your medications, allergies, history of lung or heart conditions, and pregnancy (medication for heart conditions and high blood pressure can still be taken before the procedure)
  • Do not eat or drink anything 8 hours before your EGD
  • If you are currently on insulin for diabetes, your dosage might need to be changed prior to the procedure. Inform your doctor about your insulin requirements and they will prepare with you accordingly
  • An EGD can last anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes, with half an hour of recovery time after the procedure
  • You will be unable to drive yourself home after the procedure as you will still be groggy from the sedation. Have someone else drive you home or prepare alternative means
  • After your doctor receives your results, you will go over the test results together and plan treatment options moving forward

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