Upper GI Endoscopy
An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, sometimes called an EGD, is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your esophagus, your stomach and the first part of your small intestine with a long, flexible, lighted tube called an endoscope. The tip of the endoscope is inserted through the mouth, down the throat and into the stomach. This instrument allows the surgeon to view the digestive tract, to remove tissue samples for biopsy or to access the area with surgical instruments.
Before an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, you might be asked to fast or to eat a special diet. You will be awake for the procedure, but might be given medications to alleviate pain or discomfort. After an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, you might experience some discomfort or soreness in your throat or mouth after the procedure. You might also be groggy from the pain medicine. Please click here to learn more about upper gastrointestinal endoscopies, or EGDs.