Endoscopies / EGD

Endoscopy Overview

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.

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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
  • Bleeding
  • Swallowing problems
  • Certain procedures such as bariatric surgery may require EGDs

 

How long is the procedure take?

EGD procedures can vary in time and typically take anywhere from 5 to 30 minute.

What are the risks of having an EGD?​

Risks for EGD include:

  • Bleeding
  • 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. 

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