An EGD (Upper GI Endoscopy) is a procedure performed to directly visualize the lining of the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum), using a flexible scope with a camera and a light on the end of it. The scope is passed through the mouth while the patient is sedated.
EGD is the best way to evaluate for peptic ulcer disease, esophagitis, gastritis, strictures or narrowing of the esophagus, Barrett’s esophagus, celiac sprue, and helicobacter pylori infection.
Patients should avoid eating all solid foods at least 8 hours prior to an EGD, and clear liquids at least 4 hours prior to ensure that the stomach is empty and the lining can be properly visualized. Patients will need to hold any blood thinner medications such as warfarin, clopidogrel, rivaroxaban, etc., prior to the procedure to prevent bleeding. Discuss holding medication with your Gastroenterologist.
Following the procedure and during recovery from sedation, patients generally feel well but they may feel drowsy and their reflexes can be affected. For this reason, patients are not permitted to drive home after the procedure and will need someone to drive them.
Patients will leave the facility approximately 30 minutes after their procedure and can eat after the procedure is completed. We recommend that patients eat a bland and non-greasy meal as they recover from sedation.
Patients should not plan to go back to work, drive, operate machinery, or sign any important documents for the remainder of the day.