Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

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What is an Upper Endoscopy and What Purpose Does It Serve?

An upper endoscopy (esophago-gastroduodenoscopy) is an exam that looks at your upper digestive system with a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera. The tube is inserted into your mouth and guided down your throat to inspect tissue abnormalities in your upper digestive tract, explore causes of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, and gastrointestinal bleeding. We may also recommend an endoscopy to widen the esophagus, cauterize bleeding, and test for anemia, bleeding, inflammation, diarrhea, and or cancers of the digestive system.

How Should I Prepare for the Procedure and What Can I Expect?

Depending upon your circumstance, before an endoscopy we’ll provide you with specific dietary instructions and any temporary adjustments to your medication regimen. Your doctor will determine whether a sedative will be administered prior to the procedure to ensure you are relaxed and the exam is more comfortable.

When you arrive to Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne for your exam, we’ll begin by asking you to change into a gown, lie on your back or side, and may provide you with a sedative or a spray anesthetic in your mouth to prepare the throat for scope insertion. Your doctor will guide the tube down your esophagus and may ask you to swallow in the process. During the procedure, you may feel pressure in your throat, but you shouldn’t feel any pain or interference with the air passageway to hinder normal breathing. As the endoscope descends down your esophagus, it will capture images and video of your upper digestive tract and transmit them to an external display for review and analysis by your doctor. Should you require a biopsy, your doctor will guide instruments into the channel and take tissue samples.

An endoscopy procedure generally takes 15 to 30 minutes with additional recovery time for the sedatives to wear off. Following the exam you may experience mild bloating or gas, cramping, and or sore throat. Most patients can resume normal activities and diet shortly after the procedure once the sedative has worn off.

Your doctor will follow up with you to discuss your exam results and determine if additional exams or procedures are required.

Learn More: Upper Endoscopy

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