Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, also known as an EGD or upper endoscopy, is an endoscopic procedure that allows your doctor to view your stomach, duodenum, and esophagus to diagnose digestive disorders.
Why is an EGD done?
The EGD procedure is done to evaluate the following such as:
- Heartburn / GERD
- Abdominal Pain
- Constant vomiting or nausea
- Chest Pain
- Blood in Stool
- Hiatal hernias
- Swallowing problems
- Certain procedures such as bariatric surgery may require EGDs
How long is the procedure take?
What are the risks of having an EGD?
Risks for EGD include:
- Injury / perforation
- Anesthesia related risks
You may return to regular activities however your doctor will not recommend you to drive or operate heavy machinery. The doctor may also temporarily alter your medications.