EGD-Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

An EGD (esophagogastrodudodenoscopy) is a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract using a lighted, flexible video endoscope. This scope allows us to examine the esophagus, stomach, a small segment of the duodenum and small bowel.

There are several reasons why an EGD may be performed. These could include but are not limited to: abdominal pain, heartburn/indigestion, anemia, difficulty swallowing, bleeding, and/or questionable or history of ulcers.

To allow the physician to adequately see during this procedure, and for your safety, please do not eat after midnight the day prior to your procedure.  You may have water up to 4 hours prior to your procedure admit time. Leave all jewelry and valuables at home. Wear loose fitting clothing (short sleeve shirts are preferred). Anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Celebrex and arthritis medication should not be taken for 5 days leading up to your procedure. Tylenol and Aspirin are okay. If you are taking Coumadin (Warfarin), Plavix, Xarelto, or any other anticoagulant/antiplatelet medication, be sure to discuss discontinuation of these medications with your prescribing physician. If you are a diabetic and taking insulin, call your prescribing physician for instructions. Please check your blood sugar/glucose before leaving your home.

Our staff will attempt to call you a minimum of 2 business days before your procedure. The call will take approximately 20 minutes. Please be prepared with the following information:

     - Medical information that details your own history including surgeries.

     - Complete list of medication and dosages you currently take. Include all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and any other natural organic drugs.

     - List of allergies.

It is very important that we gather this information Prior to the day of your procedure.

 

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