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Upper Endoscopy (EGD Testing)

Endoscopy, also known as EGD, is a non-surgical procedure that allows Ogden Clinic gastroenterologists to examine the upper portion of the GI tract for abnormalities. During upper GI endoscopy at Ogden Clinic, a slender and flexible scope with a lighted camera attached is inserted into the patient’s throat to provide images and/or video footage of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Endoscopy is also used to perform biopsies and treat abnormalities of the upper GI tract.

When is an EGD test necessary?

If you have trouble swallowing, unexplained weight loss, upper stomach pain, or continuous vomiting, make an appointment with an Ogden Clinic gastroenterologist today to find out if upper GI endoscopy is right for you.

An EGD procedure at Ogden Clinic is sometimes assisted with small tools to perform surgery, stop bleeding, or collect samples. These tools can be used to:

  • Take tissue samples for biopsy
  • Remove an object such as food stuck in the GI tract
  • Inject air or fluid into the tract
  • Perform endoscopic surgery, laser therapy, or dilate a narrowed area
  • Stop internal bleeding

What to expect before and after an EGD procedure at Ogden Clinic

Typically, an Ogden Clinic EGD procedure does not take longer than an hour to perform, although you will want to set aside a whole day for your recovery.

Since the stomach and duodenum must be empty for this procedure, do not eat for six hours prior to your visit. Upper GI endoscopy at Ogden Clinic is performed under sedation; most patients sleep during their procedure and do not feel any pain. Afterward, you may feel a bit groggy or have a mild sore throat for a couple hours. Plan to take the rest of the day off work and have a responsible adult drive you home due to the sedatives.

What kind of disorders can be identified with EGD?

  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Hiatal hernias
  • Ulcers and inflammation
  • Tumors (benign or malignant)
  • Celiac disease
  • Chron’s disease
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Infections of the upper GI tract
  • Blockages or strictures

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