Upper Endoscopy

What is Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD or gastroscopy)?
Colon-and-rectal-colonoscopy-by-7-Hill-Gastroenterology-of-FloridaEGD or Upper Endoscopy utilizes a lighted endoscope that provides a direct view of the lining of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum which opens to the small intestine.

What Can I Expect?
Patients receiving EUS are locally sedated at the throat to help you relax and may receive antibiotics before the procedure.  The endoscope is gently passed through the mouth to the area of interest.  Providing a camera view from various positions within the observable gastrointestinal tract, your highly skilled 7 Hill Gastroenterologist will observe and photograph your upper digestive tract. The instrument will not obstruct your breathing, but may create a bloating sensation due to air introduced by the instrument.

You will be asked to fast for a period of time or maintain a liquid diet for a few days before the procedure to ensure an empty stomach necessary for a safe and proper examination.

What Are Possible Complications of EGD?
For 7 Hill patients, EGD is a tolerable out-patient procedure performed by our specially trained and experienced doctors. Complications requiring hospitalization are rare and may include  infections, bowel perforation and bleeding. Most complications are managed without surgery and some patients may have adverse reactions to the sedative used.

Risks vary, depending upon your situation.  Ask your doctor about your potential risks and rewards based on the tests performed, what is sought during the procedure, and necessary therapeutic intervention to be undertaken and how this may related to existing major medical problems. The risk of complications is lower in diagnostic EGD as compared to therapeutic measures.  You will discuss with 7 Hill doctors your likelihood of complications before you undergo any procedure.

What Can I Expect After ERCP?
Patients must be accompanied home from the outpatient procedure due to the sedatives used which may affect your judgment and relax your body for the rest of the day.  You may experience bloating or gas because of the air introduced during the examination. Your doctor will provide you with post-op instructions following the procedure.

Let your doctor know about all medications you take regularly, any allergies you may have to medications and if you have heart or lung conditions, or other major diseases.  As a patient, you must make arrangements to have someone take you home from the outpatient procedure due to the sedatives used which may affect your judgment and relax your body for the rest of the day.