EGD

Philip L. Leggett, MD -  - General Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD

General Surgery & Acid Reflux Treatment located in Houston, TX

If you have acid reflux symptoms, difficulty swallowing, or other digestive problems, your doctor may suggest that you have an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). At their practice in Houston, Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, offer this minimally invasive test that’s commonly called an upper endoscopy. If you need an EGD, call the office or make an appointment online today.

EGD Q & A

What is an EGD?

An EGD is a diagnostic test that allows your doctor to examine your upper digestive tract, including your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Your duodenum is the part of your small intestine that connects to your stomach.

Your doctor uses an endoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube with a light and a camera on its tip. They insert it through your throat to reach your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

Why would I need an EGD?

Your doctor may suggest an EGD if you have symptoms such as:

  • Severe or chronic heartburn
  • Blood in your vomit
  • Black or tar-like stools
  • Regurgitating food
  • Pain in your upper abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling full after eating just a small amount of food
  • Feeling like you have food lodged in your esophagus
  • Painful or difficult swallowing

Your doctor can diagnose the condition causing your symptoms. For example, some of the conditions diagnosed with an EGD include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer or precancerous conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus
  • Celiac disease

If you have any of these symptoms or another doctor has referred you for an EGD, call the office of Philip L. Leggett, MD, today to make an appointment for a quick, accurate diagnosis so you can get the treatment you need.

How should I prepare for an EGD?

Your doctor provides customized instructions on how to prepare for your EGD. Make sure to tell your physician about any other health conditions and medications you take, such as blood thinners. You need to avoid eating or drinking for eight hours before your procedure. You should also ask a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. You may receive a sedative to help you stay comfortable during the test.

What happens during an EGD?

An EGD usually only takes up to 20 minutes. Your doctor begins your EGD by giving you a mild sedative and spraying your throat with a local anesthetic. Then, they insert the endoscope through your mouth and throat into your upper digestive tract. They may introduce a little air into your esophagus and stomach to create room for clearer pictures.

The camera on the endoscope sends a video feed from inside your body to a monitor in the treatment room showing the doctor the lining of your upper digestive tract. If they find any abnormalities, they may take a biopsy for further testing.

If you need an EGD, don’t put off the test as it only delays you getting the treatment you need. Call the office of Philip L. Leggett, MD, or schedule your appointment online today.

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