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EGD is an endoscopic procedure that allows your doctor to examine your esophagus, stomach and duodenum (part of your small intestine). EGD is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home that same day. It takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to perform.
EGD is used to evaluate a number of digestive disorders. It is a popular diagnostic option because patients generally tolerate it well and it causes minimal discomfort.
Your gastroenterologist may use EGD to evaluate:
Your doctor may also order EGD for:
You will need to follow specific preparation instructions prior to the EGD. Learn more about preparing for an endoscopic procedure.
When you arrive for the EGD, you will register and give a medical history. We will insert an intravenous line in order to administer fluids and sedatives.
During the EGD, your doctor will:
Once you recover from the medication, your physician will discuss the results with you. You may go home that same day, but you will need to rest. You may experience belching and flatulence as well as some throat discomfort for the next 24 hours.