Upper GI Endoscopy Patient Information (FAQs)

Upper GI Endoscopy Patient Information (FAQs)
It can also be called as upper endoscopy, EGD or esophagogastroduodenoscopy.

Before the procedure, you will get a sedative. 

You’ll be asked to lie on your side on an exam table. The doctor will carefully pass the endoscope down your esophagus and into your stomach and duodenum. A small camera mounted on the endoscope will help to see video image on a monitor.

During the upper GI endoscopy, the doctor may

  • take small samples of tissue, cells, or fluid in your upper GI tract for testing.
  • perform other procedures, such as opening up strictures.
  • stop any bleeding.

The upper GI endoscopy most often takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

  • Discuss the advantages, disadvantages.
  • Your doctor will ask you not to eat or drink for at least 4 to 8 hours before the test. 
  • Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor or prescriber about all medications that you are taking. 
  • tell them about allergies and medical conditions that you may have.
Bring your diabetes medication if your doctor recommends you can take it after the procedure.
normal side effects after the test:

  1. Sleepiness
  2. Dry mouth
  3. Belching
  4. Bloated
  5. Sore throat
  6. Bloody saliva

If you experience any of the following side effects or complications, seek medical help immediately:
  1. Difficulty in swallowing
  2. Vomit in blood
  3. Blood in stools
  4. Shortness of breath
  5. Increasing chest
  6. Stomach pain
  7. High fever
  8. Chest pain
  9. Difficulty breathing
It  is an examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum performed by having you swallow an endoscope, usually while sedated. 

The endoscope is a long, thin, flexible and steerable tube, which is about the diameter of a small finger, and which passes easily through your mouth and throat structures following the natural food path.
  • Upper endoscopy is performed to evaluate the esophagus, stomach and duodenum for a variety of disease processes which affect the interior lining of these organs, or block the normal passage of food and secretions through the upper intestines. 
  • Common diseases we evaluate and in some cases treat with upper endoscopy include gastroesophageal reflux disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, infections of the esophagus,ulcers of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, Helicobacter pylori gastritis and bleeding suspected to be arising from an upper intestinal source.


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