Digestive Institute of Arizona



Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) At The Digestive Institute Of Arizona

Digestive Institute of Arizona provides esophagogastroduodenoscopies (EGD), popularly known as an upper endoscopy, that diagnoses and cures a variety of afflictions affecting the upper digestive tract. Our experienced gastroenterologists, by utilizing this minimally invasive procedure, can examine the walls of your esophagus, stomach, and first part of your small bowel (called the duodenum).

What is EGD?

An EGD requires the use of an endoscope, a slim, flexible tube with a camera, and an illumination system. The doctor will introduce the endoscope through your mouth gently, guiding it down the esophagus into your stomach and duodenum. By transmitting real-time pictures from inside your alimentary canal to our monitor, your doctor can analyze its lining for any signs of abnormality.

Why is an EGD Performed?

EGD is a valuable tool of diagnosis that helps to study different types of upper digestive symptoms such as:
During an upper endoscopy, other treatments can be performed by the physician:

What to Expect During an EGD

Most commonly, an EGD is done as an outpatient procedure. Here are the things you should know:

Before the process

You will be requested to abstain from eating several hours before the procedure. Additionally, there may be some medications that you should not take before the operation. Your doctor will explain the risks and advantages of this process and ask for your consent.

During the process

You will have an intravenous (IV) line inserted in your arm to provide you medication that will help you relax. Your doctor may spray or numb your throat with a tablet. The endoscope is then smoothly inserted into your mouth. Some people may feel nausea or pain, but it takes seconds for such sensations to cease. This operation usually lasts about 15-30 minutes.

After the process

You will be monitored for a short time while recovering from anesthesia in a recovery area. Some might experience mild cramping or get a sore throat for some time only. As soon as you regain full consciousness and remain alert, you can typically continue with your usual diet and activity level.

Benefits of EGD

There are several benefits of EGD:

Risks of EGD

Even though EGD is generally safe, the procedure has potential risks, as with any medical process. They include:

Frequently Asked Questions

Although EGD is often not painful, some patients may feel mildly uncomfortable or have a sensation of choking during the examination. This discomfort can be reduced by using sedation or anesthesia; therefore, most patients do not recall the procedure.
EGD is regarded as safe, but just like any medical process, it comes with some risks, such as bleeding, perforation of the digestive tract, adverse reaction to sedation, or infection. Your gastroenterologist will discuss these risks with you before the procedure and take adequate precautions to reduce their possibility.
Patients can resume typical habits such as eating and drinking soon after the procedure. Nonetheless, you may need someone to accompany you home since sedatives may continue affecting you for several hours afterward. Your doctor will give you specific directions based on your case.