EGD With GastroMed Connect

What is esophagogastroduodenoscopy?

EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a gastrointestinal procedure in which a long, slender, soft tube, or “scope” as it is also known, is situated into an individual’s mouth and snaked to the small intestine. Our scope has a light and camera at the end, which helps our physicians at GastroMed Connect to effortlessly look at the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and the start of the small intestine.

An esophagogastroduodenoscopy is often performed to determine the cause of GI issues, like abdominal pain, heartburn or acid reflux, difficulty swallowing, bleeding, or irregular x-ray outcomes. An EGD may also be performed for Kyle, TX patients who have chronic heartburn symptoms to search for changes that are associated with esophageal cancer. Should you require an EGD, please schedule a visit with a gastrointestinal specialist at GastroMed Connect.

An EGD test may be beneficial for multiple reasons. The procedure can allow your gastroenterologist to directly visualize the inner lining of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (which is the first part of the small intestine). Other benefits of an esophagogastroduodenoscopy include:

  • Enables the removal of polyps, the biopsy of tissues, and other small procedures
  • Helps in diagnosing several gastrointestinal concerns (such as GI infections, celiac disease, GERD, Crohn’s disease, and more)
  • Generally provides a quick, safe, and efficient process
  • Can help diagnose the causes of symptoms like heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and pain

What happens the day before my esophagogastroduodenoscopy?

You will be given guidelines from your doctor going over the essential preparatory steps for an EGD. Many of our patients will be allowed to eat as any other day the day leading up to the exam. You may be instructed not to eat or drink after 12 am, except for taking the necessary medications. It is incredibly important that you follow the requirements provided by your doctor at GastroMed Connect. We’ll also give you extra direction about your medications. Generally, you can take your medications as you normally would. In certain circumstances, this may not be the case, particularly if you take blood thinners (i.e., aspirin, warfarin, Coumadin®, Plavix®, anti-inflammatories) or if you are diabetic. If this pertains to you, our team will give you specialized instructions.

What should I expect on the day of my EGD?

You will be asked to arrive at our Kyle, TX office 1 – 1.5 hours before your procedure. You will have to replace your clothes with a hospital gown. An IV will be started in your arm so we can begin the sedation process. You will be connected to equipment that allows our team to review your heart rate, blood pressure, and more throughout your exam.

After settling into your private exam room, we’ll have you lay on your left side on the stretcher. Sedation will be started. Once you are sedated, the endoscope will be inserted into your mouth. The scope will be carefully advanced through the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Injecting a small amount of air through the scope into the gastrointestinal tract will help us see better. Any fluid left over in the upper gastrointestinal tract will be suctioned out through the endoscope. Based on the results of the exam, several things can be implemented, like the removal of polyps, biopsies, and the control of bleeding. The exam typically takes between 10 – 20 minutes. Following the exam, we will take you to one of our comfortable recovery rooms to be monitored as the sedation begins to wear off.

When will I receive my results?

Once the exam is complete, your doctor will review the findings of the examination with you. A number of our patients won’t recall this conversation later on because of the IV sedation. We encourage you to bring a family member with you to this discussion. We will also send you home with a typed report. In most cases, you will be informed of any biopsy results in about a week.

Does an EGD carry any risks?

In general, an EGD is very safe. Generally, problems occur in less than 1% of cases. Typically, these problems are not life or death; however, if an issue arises, it may require hospitalization and surgery. Prior to the exam, a consent form will be reviewed with you by the nursing staff. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can discuss these with your GI specialist prior to your treatment.

Such as any other test, an EGD is not absolute. There is a small, recognized risk that irregularities, such as cancers, may be undiscovered at the time of your esophagogastroduodenoscopy. It is vital to maintain visits with our GI doctors and inform them of any recent or persistent issues.