Upper Endoscopy, or EGD, is a procedure where a physician uses an endoscope to view the inside of the patient's esophagus, stomach and upper portion of the small intestine (duodenum). This procedure is performed for several reasons: difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, bleeding, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting. The endoscope is equipped with a small camera at the end that relays images from inside the esophagus, stomach and duodenum back out to a video monitor. The scope is also equipped with additional tools: the doctor can take tissue samples (biopsy) of an inflamed area; also the doctor may use an electric probe to stop the source of a bleed. During an EGD the patient is usually given a sedative and the procedure is performed while the patient is in a state of 'conscious sedation.' The average EGD is performed during in a 20 minute procedure.
NOTE: The patient should bring someone along to drive her/him home after the procedure. The patient will not be allowed to drive him/herself home because of the sedative administered.
The patient's stomach should be cleared of food prior to endoscopy. This routinely means no food should be consumed in the six hours prior to the procedure. Your physician will provide dietary guidelines during your office (or hospital) visit prior to the procedure.
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