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.
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.
Your doctor may suggest an EGD if you have symptoms such as:
Your doctor can diagnose the condition causing your symptoms. For example, some of the conditions diagnosed with an EGD include:
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.
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.
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.