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When people suffer from upper gastrointestinal tract issues involving the stomach, throat, or upper small intestine, the most effective way to assess and manage the concern is through an EGD procedure. Your doctor will suggest an EGD procedure for certain concerns. Specifically, an EGD is an invasive procedure that involves cameras and instruments being used to assess the inside of the body.

Today, we will be covering what an EGD procedure is, what it involves, its uses, and everything else you will need and want to know.

What is an EGD procedure?

An EGD procedure is scientifically referred to as esophagogastroduodenoscopy or upper endoscopy. It is used to evaluate the upper gastrointestinal tract (GI), which includes the stomach, esophagus, and upper small intestine.

What is an EGD procedure used for?

An EGD procedure is used for assessing and managing any issues that can occur in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Issues could include swallowing difficulties, regular vomiting, heartburn, excessive burping, weight loss, chest pain, unexplained anemia.

During the procedure, a camera will be inserted through the mouth and down the throat. The camera will take images and/or videos for the doctor to assess. In some cases, biopsies may be taken for further laboratory inspection. However, this will depend on your condition and health concerns.

An EGD cannot provide a visual from the outside of the gastrointestinal tract. Thus, a camera and other equipment must be used for the best assessment. It can only view the upper GI areas and nothing below, such as the spleen, liver, or lungs.

What is involved in an EGD procedure?

On the day of the procedure, you will be required to stop eating at least 8 hours before the procedure. You may be requested to drink a clear liquid no more than 5 hours before your appointment, depending on the issue at hand.

Before the procedure, you will be asked to wear a dressing gown, your health will be assessed, and you may be offered sedation. Sedation is to make the procedure easier and more comfortable for you.

When you are fully relaxed, you will be asked to swallow so that the endoscope can be inserted. From there, your doctor will assess and treat the area of concern. Biopsies may be taken. During the procedure, you will not feel pain. However, you may experience a little discomfort after the procedure.

When the procedure is complete, you will be asked to relax and recover. When you are awake, alert, and feeling okay, you will be discharged. You should relax for at least 24 hours and eat and drink soft and cool items.

The aftermath of an EGD procedure will be your health assessment. Depending on your results, your doctor may advise lifestyle changes, medication, or further treatment. This will be for the good of your health and to help treat or manage the health concern at hand. An EGD procedure is important and effective for treating any upper gastrointestinal tract issues.

If you are in need of an EGD, Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center is here to help. To learn more about the procedure or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 281-357-1977.

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