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A Diagnostic Tool for Gastrointestinal Conditions

EGD, short for esophagoduodenoscopy, is a medical procedure used to visually examine the upper gastrointestinal tract. During an EGD, a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera at the end, called an endoscope, is inserted through the mouth and gently guided down the esophagus, stomach, and into the upper part of the small intestine. This allows doctors to evaluate the lining of these organs, identify abnormalities, and even perform certain treatments. EGD is a valuable diagnostic tool for various digestive conditions.

Esophagoduodenoscopy Can Diagnose:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Esophagitis
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Gastritis
  • Celiac disease
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Polyps or tumors in the upper GI tract
  • Narrowing or strictures in the esophagus or upper digestive tract
  • Infections in the esophagus or upper digestive tract

Candidates for Esophagoduodenoscopy (EGD):

  • Individuals experiencing persistent or recurring symptoms related to the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as difficulty swallowing, heartburn, or abdominal pain
  • Patients with a history of gastrointestinal conditions that require monitoring or evaluation
  • Individuals with unexplained weight loss or nutritional deficiencies
  • Patients with a family history of gastrointestinal conditions or disorders
  • Individuals with a history of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Patients with a suspected presence of tumors, polyps, or growths in the upper GI tract
  • Individuals requiring biopsies or tissue samples for diagnostic purposes
  • Patients in need of therapeutic interventions, such as removal of polyps
  • Individuals requiring surveillance or follow-up after previous gastrointestinal procedures

Recovery & Downtime After EGD

After an EGD (Esophagoduodenoscopy), you will be monitored in a recovery area until the effects of sedation wear off. It is common to experience a sore throat or bloating for a short period. You may need to refrain from eating and drinking for a specified time to allow your body to recover. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a few hours, but it is important to follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider for a smooth recovery.

Post-EGD Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider regarding eating and drinking.
  • Avoid consuming hot or spicy foods and beverages that may irritate your throat.
  • Take any prescribed medications as directed.
  • Rest and allow your body to recover for the remainder of the day.
  • Refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery until the effects of sedation wear off.
  • If you experience persistent or worsening symptoms, contact your provider.
  • Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments for evaluation or discussion of biopsy results.

What Happens During An EGD?

During an EGD (Esophagoduodenoscopy), you will be sedated to ensure comfort throughout the procedure. A thin, flexible tube called an endoscope will be inserted through your mouth and carefully guided down your esophagus, stomach, and into the upper part of your small intestine. The endoscope transmits images to a monitor, allowing the doctor to visually examine the lining of these organs. If necessary, biopsies or other therapeutic interventions can be performed during the procedure. The entire process takes about 15 to 30 minutes.

Schedule Your Consultation

Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by Dr. Jacqueline Moore, a board-certified surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, invites you to schedule a consultation for esophagoduodenoscopy (EGD). Our Stone Ridge location provides a comfortable environment for your gastrointestinal health needs. Whether you’re seeking answers for digestive discomfort or require further evaluation, we are here to provide personalized care. Schedule your consultation with our surgical specialists and take a proactive step toward optimizing your digestive health.

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