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Upper Endoscopy (EGD) Services in Concord, NC

What is EGD (Upper Endoscopy)?

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a procedure to examine the inside of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. During an EGD procedure, your specialist in Concord will insert a thin flexible tube with a camera and light attached into your mouth. The tube allows your doctor to view the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The camera will transmit images to a monitor in the procedure room so that your doctor can determine if there are any abnormalities present.

When is Service EGD (Upper Endoscopy)?

EGDs are commonly performed to diagnose or assess conditions such as:

What to Expect About an EGD (Upper Endoscopy)

At your arrival, you will be asked to sign a consent form and remove any jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures, or other items. Your gastroenterologist may spray your throat with a local anesthetic or provide a sedative to help you relax.

During the procedure, your doctor will position you on an exam table and insert the endoscope into your mouth. The endoscope transmits images to a monitor in the procedure room so that your doctor can examine the inside of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The procedure typically lasts between 15-30 minutes. Most patients consider the test only slightly uncomfortable, and many fall asleep during the procedure.

After that, you will be monitored for 30 minutes after the procedure is complete. Your gastroenterologist may prescribe medications or recommend dietary changes depending on the findings from your EGD.

How to Prepare for EGD (Upper Endoscopy) in Concord, NC

Specific instructions for EGD procedure prep will be provided by your gastroenterologist in Concord prior to your procedure, but all patients should prepare to:

  • Arrange for a ride home, as EGD involves sedation and you should not drive.
  • Do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior.

View Northeast Digestive Health Center's complete EGD prep instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need an upper GI endoscopy?

If you're experiencing symptoms like persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, difficulty swallowing, or unexplained weight loss, our gastroenterologist in Concord, NC might suggest an upper GI endoscopy.

What does an upper endoscopy show?

An upper endoscopy can show various conditions such as inflammation, ulcers, tumors, abnormal growths, and other abnormalities in the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

What is an EGD used to diagnose?

An EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is used to diagnose conditions affecting the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. An EGD can detect conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastritis, peptic ulcers, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal strictures, and certain types of cancer.

Will I be asleep during my upper endoscopy?

You are likely to fall asleep during an upper endsocopy, as you will be under sedation during an upper endoscopy to ensure your comfort and relaxation throughout the procedure.

How long does an upper endoscopy take?

An upper endoscopy usually takes around 15 to 30 minutes to complete, although it may vary depending on individual circumstances and findings.

What anesthesia is used for endoscopy?

Sedation is commonly used for endoscopy procedures to ensure patient comfort and relaxation. Local anesthesia may also be applied.

Does an upper endoscopy hurt?

Most patients do not experience pain during an upper endoscopy due to sedation and/or local anesthesia. Some may feel mild discomfort or pressure in the throat as the endoscope is inserted, but this is usually well-tolerated.

Are upper endoscopies safe?

Upper endoscopies are generally safe. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks, including bleeding, infection, and perforation, although these are rare. Your Concord clinic doctor will discuss the potential risks and benefits with you before the procedure.

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1070 Vinehaven Drive NE
Concord, North Carolina 28025
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