An upper endoscopy, also known as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is a medical procedure in which a long, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end is used to examine the inside of the upper digestive system. The tube is called an endoscope and is inserted through the mouth and into the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). the procedure is typically performed by a gastroenterologist.
During the endoscopy, the doctor can view the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum and look for any abnormalities or issues. The doctor may also take biopsies(small samples of tissue) for further testing.
You might have an upper endoscopy if you have:
Your doctor will give you an IV through which you will receive medicines to make you feel relaxed. They may give you a mouth spray or gargle to numb your mouth. You may also get a plastic mouth guard to protect your teeth.
Then your doctor will put a thin tube with a camera and light on the end into your mouth and down into your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. They will look for irritation, bleeding, ulcers, or growths.
During an endoscopy, your doctor might also:
After your EGD, you will be watched for a couple of hours until your medicines wear off. You will be recommended not to drive or go to work right after your procedure.
You may experience any of the following after an EGD:
Call your doctor or go to your local ER immediately if you have any of the following problems after your upper endoscopy: