If you are experiencing unpleasant symptoms like abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, problems swallowing, or gastrointestinal bleeding, your Ogden Clinic gastroenterologist may recommend an EGD test in Utah. An EGD test, also known as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or upper endoscopy, is often used to detect disorders including bleeding, inflammation, anemia, or cancer. An EGD test usually looks at the esophagus, stomach, and beginning part of the small intestine.
Since your Ogden Clinic gastroenterologist will be examining your stomach and digestive tract, it is important that your stomach is empty for the procedure. To prepare for your EGD test, you should refrain from eating and drinking at least 4 hours before the procedure. Your doctor may also have you stop taking certain medications prior to the test, including many blood thinners.
To perform your EGD test, your gastroenterologist will use an endoscope, a narrow tool affixed with a tiny camera, to examine your digestive tract.
The doctor will start by attaching a monitor to your body to track your breathing and heart rate during the EGD test. In most cases, you will also be given a sedative to help you remain calm and relaxed during the procedure.
Once you are sedated, the doctor will insert the endoscope into your mouth and then down into your throat. You may experience some pressure during the procedure, but it will not be painful. Once inserted into your digestive tract, the camera on the endoscope will transmit video to a monitor in your exam room. Your doctor may push air through your esophagus to inflate the digestive tract and make it easier to view. Depending on what your doctor sees on the screen they may use tools to remove polyps or take samples of abnormal tissue to test.
The test usually takes 15-30 minutes, and approximately one additional hour for the sedative to wear off. You will also want to take it easy for the remainder of the day, to fully recover from the procedure and the sedation.
To schedule an appointment for your upper endoscopy and digestive health screening, call Ogden Clinic in Utah today. One of our gastroenterologists would be happy to review your history and help diagnose and treat your condition.