EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy or upper GI endoscopy) is an examination of the entire esophagus, stomach, and duodenum for abnormalities. An extended and maneuverable tube is inserted into the mouth to view the upper GI tract.
During the EGD procedure, once a polyp or other abnormal tissue is found, it can be removed immediately by the doctor. The sample is taken for further analysis to determine if a surgical procedure is necessary.
It is recommended that you arrive to the office for an EGD on an empty stomach. No food or drinks should be consumed at least eight hours before the procedure. You will lie down, mostly on the left side of your body, and the endoscope instrument is inserted into your mouth. The fiber-optic light located on the endoscope is used to pump air into the stomach to allow it to inflate and accommodate the best viewing options.
The endoscope camera will transmit the images to a computer screen. Instruments will then be used to remove polyps, extract tissue samples, inject solutions, or remove infected tissues.
The entire procedure will generally take less than 20 minutes. Once it concludes, you will wait an hour for the effects of the sedative to diminish. Your escort will be driving you home to rest for the remainder of the day. If persistent pain accompanies you following the procedure, consult with Dr. Mark M. Davidson in Beverly Hills.
If the EGD reveals the presence of an ulcer, polyp, or other abnormal tissue, subsequent surgery may be necessary.