If your doctor has ordered an upper endoscopy (or EGD), you might be worried. While an upper endoscopy can be nerve-wracking, the procedure is quick, simple, and can be used to diagnose a wide range of GI issues. There are numerous reasons why your doctor might want you to get an upper endoscopy. Here are five of the most common.
You Have Persistent Acid Reflux
If your heartburn is not being managed with over-the-counter treatments, your doctor might order an EGD to check for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This disease causes chronic indigestion and can be managed with professional help.
You Have Unexplained GI Symptoms
GI diseases can be tough to diagnose. If you are struggling with vomiting, stomach pains, or chronic nausea, an EGD can help your doctors pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.
You Have Problems Breathing or Swallowing
Breathing and swallowing problems are scary, and they might indicate a blockage or stricture in your esophagus. During an EGD, your doctor will be able to check your esophagus for any structural abnormalities.
Your Doctor Wants to Check for Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is a notoriously difficult condition to diagnose. If your doctor suspects you might have celiac disease, an EGD is one of several tests that may be helpful.
Your Doctor Needs a Biopsy
There are many GI conditions, such as inflammation, bleeding, and even certain cancers, that your doctor may want to check for using a biopsy. During an EGD, your doctor can easily take a biopsy and you won’t even feel it.
If you need an upper endoscopy, call us at 281-357-1977. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you.
Reasons For Upper Endoscopy. Our facility, located just a few blocks east of the Tomball Regional Hospital, has recently added a state-of-the-art office endoscopy suite. This latest addition provides a convenient and cost-effective alternative to hospital visits for patients undergoing certain procedures. GDC is pleased to be able to provide yet another enhancement to the comfort, well being, and privacy of our patients.