Upper Endoscopy (EGD) in NYC
What is an upper endoscopy (EGD)?
An upper endoscopy, or EGD for short, is a medical procedure that allows your doctor to view the upper portion of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The upper GI tract includes your:
- Duodenum (upper portion of small intestine)
The procedure uses a small, flexible tube known as an endoscope, which goes through these areas and displays live images of the upper GI tract.
Why is an upper endoscopy / EGD performed?
An EGD gives your doctor a clear image of the upper GI tract in order to diagnose certain health issues. Patients usually visit Gotham Medical Associates for an EGD in order to determine the underlying cause for one or more of the following GI-related symptoms:
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Coughing up blood
An EGD can accurately detect the following upper GI problems:
- Esophageal tumors
- Duodenum tumors
- Stomach tumors
In addition to diagnosing upper GI problems, and EGD can help treat certain issues by giving your doctor a live view of the area while the treatment is performed. This ensures the highest level of precision when treating a GI issue.
What does an upper endoscopy involve?
Before Your Endoscopy / EGD
It’s necessary for all of our patients to have an empty stomach prior to the procedure. This gives us the best possible visualization during the EGD. You’ll be asked to stop eating or drinking for the eight hours prior to the procedure. While the EGD itself is relatively short, you’ll need to allow a couple hours of time to include your wait time and recovery.
During Your Endoscopy / EGD
During the upper endoscopy, you’ll be given a sedative to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure. An anesthesiologist will remain present during the procedure to monitor your wellbeing. The endoscope goes through your mouth and throat to enter the upper GI tract; however, the sedative will ensure that you do not feel any sensations of gagging or choking. The endoscope is very small and thin and will not interfere with your regular breathing.
After Your Endoscopy / EGD
After the procedure, you will need to recover for some time until the sedative has worn off. You may notice some soreness in your throat, but this should be minor and go away shortly. Additionally, you might feel gassy or bloated, which will also go away quickly following the EGD. You will be monitored until most of the effects of the medication have worn off. You can return to eating normal food and liquid when you are done unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Because you’ve been given a sedative, you will not be able to drive for 12 hours after the procedure. You will want to make sure you have a family member or friend set up to pick you up from the office after the procedure.
When will I get my upper endoscopy results?
Results from an EGD are typically ready right after your procedure, so your doctor will likely go over them with you before you leave. If a biopsy was taken, you will need to wait about a week to get your results back from the lab. One of our nurses will follow up with you via a phone call to give you that feedback.
Are there any possible complications of an upper endoscopy?
Complications of an EGD are uncommon, but in some cases, they might include:
- GI tearing
- A sore throat
- Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
- Increasing pain in the throat
- Chest pain
- Stomach pain
- Adverse reaction to sedative
It’s important to let us know if any of the above problems occur after your EGD. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any concerns or questions following your procedure.