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EGD or upper endoscopy is a visual examination of the upper digestive system. The EGD procedure allows the EGD physician to diagnose and treat problems in the upper gastrointestinal (UGI) tract. Upper endoscopy and gastroscopy are alternative names of EGD. An EGD is done with the help of a flexible endoscope having a video camera at its tip to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestines.
Reasons for the procedure
The procedure of EGD is performed to diagnose abnormalities of the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum. These abnormalities may include the following:
- Weight loss or anorexia.
- Upper abdominal pain or chest pain.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Intractable vomiting.
- Strictures or obstructions.
- Gastrointestinal bleeding and esophageal varices.
- Inflammation and ulcers.
- Benign or malignant tumors.
- Hiatal hernia.
- Ingestion damage.
The EGD doctor uses an endoscope, a long, flexible, and lighted tube, and guides it through the patient’s mouth to visually detect abnormalities. An EGD is performed to:
- Control bleeding.
- Remove growth of tumors or polyps.
- Dilate narrowed areas in esophagus.
- Remove foreign objects.
- Perform laser therapy.
- Place a percutaneous gastrostomy tube into the stomach.
If EGD examination reports abnormal, then it may be the result of:
- Celiac disease.
- Esophageal rings.
- Esophageal varices.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
- Hiatal hernia.
- Lower esophageal ring.
- Mallory-Weiss syndrome.
- Narrowing of the esophagus.
- Tumors in the first part of small intestine.
- Ulcers in stomach or small intestines.
Risk associated to the EGD
There is a small chance of a hole in the stomach, duodenum, and esophagus. A small risk of bleeding cannot be denied. But, the risk is less than 1 out of 1,000 people. Even, a reaction to the medicine can cause:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Excessive sweating.
- Low blood pressure.
- Low heartbeat.
- Spasm of the larynx.
Before, during and after the procedure
The patient is asked not to eat anything for 6 – 12 hours before the commencement of the test. The EGD test lasts about 5-20 minutes. The doctor gives patients sedatives and analgesic so that they feel no pain. Then, the endoscope is inserted through the food pipe to the stomach and duodenum to examine abnormalities.
After the procedure, the blood pressure, pulse, and breathing of the patient are observed in the recovery room. After everything is stable, the patient is discharged to his/her home.
Whether you need an EGD specialist to examine the abnormalities in the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus, DRP Surgery delivers you the best EGD solutions keeping patients’ health need in mind. At DRP Surgery, all therapeutical examinations are done under the supervision of Rajesh S Padmanabhan, MD, FACS, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.