Procedures Patient Information

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Procedure

EGD – Upper Endoscopy

An upper endoscopy (EGD) is a procedure which allows a physician to visually examine the upper digestive tract. A thin, flexible, lighted tube with a tiny camera on the tip is inserted into the mouth and gently guided through the esophagus, stomach and the beginning of the small intestine. An EGD is performed to help physicians determine the cause of upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, upper GI bleeding or difficulty swallowing. It is also used to detect inflammation, ulcers and tumors of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

EGD – Upper Endoscopy

An EGD is performed under IV anesthesia and on an empty stomach. Your physician will provide you with fasting and medication instructions that are necessary for the best possible examination. You will need to arrange for an adult to drive you home after the procedure due to the sedatives used during the procedure.


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