Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), also known as upper endoscopy, enables the physician to look inside the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the intestine. EGD is used for swallowing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, Acid reflux, bleeding, indigestion, abdominal pain, or chest pain, Barrett.s disease, Celiac disease, Anemia, Weight loss etc. Your stomach and duodenum must be empty for the procedure to be thorough and safe. Please see the EGD preparation instructions for complete details. You may resume your normal diet after the procedure, unless advised otherwise. The physician will spray your throat with a numbing agent that may help prevent gagging. You will receive medicine to sedate you during the exam. The scope also blows small amount of air into the stomach; this expands the folds of tissue and makes it easier for the physician to examine the stomach. The procedure takes 10 minutes; however, you should be prepared to be at the office or hospital for 1-2 hours. Because you will be sedated, you will need to rest at the hospital for approximately 20 minutes until the medication wears off. Also, you must arrange for someone to take you home--you will not be allowed to drive because of the sedatives, The day after your procedure, you may return to work or school and your other normal activities. Your physician may give you other special instructions.

If biopsies were taken during the procedure, we normally receive the results within 7 business days. After your physician reviews the report, we will discuss results during office followup.