Also called an Upper Endoscopy, this procedure looks for causes of esophageal and stomach irritation, including heart burn and acid reflux. While you are under sedation, Dr. Haque will insert a thin, flexible lighted tube with a camera down your throat and into your stomach, providing visibility of your digestive tract as far down as to the top of your small intestines. The camera transmits the images to a screen that the doctor can see in real time, providing opportunity to examine any suspicious irritations in your throat, esophagus or stomach.
EGDs are often used to look for ulcers or other sources of gastrointestinal bleeding and irritation that might prohibit a patient from undergoing abdominal surgery, such as gall bladder removal. They are more effective than x-rays or ultrasounds because they let the doctor actually see the inside of your digestive tract.
EGDs also allow the doctor to provide therapeutic treatment while performing the endoscopy. During the procedure, the doctor can remove suspicious polyps, take samples for testing or treat bleeding issues.
Dr. Saad Haque of Calvert Gastroenterology performs EGDs in the Calvert Endoscopy Center for your convenience.
Preparing for Your Procedure
With any endoscopic procedure, having a clear field of vision is important to a successful outcome. That means having nothing in your upper digestive tract, from your stomach down to your small intestine. You will have to stop eating and drinking the night before your procedure. Some procedures may require the use of a laxative to empty the bowels as well.
f you are taking over-the-counter or prescription medications, you may need to stop them or delay them for some period of time prior to your procedure. Dr. Haque will review your medication list and walk you through the preparation requirements in advance of your procedure.
Because you will be placed under sedation for the procedure, you will remain under observation for at least an hour after the procedure. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home. The procedure itself only takes 20 minutes or so, and the doctor will review the immediate results with you as soon as you wake up. Once home, you will be groggy but will be able to eat that day and resume normal activities the next day.