EGD or esophagogastroduodenoscopy is a test completed to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and initial part of the small intestine. Using an endoscope, a small flexible camera, the doctor will be able to enter your esophagus to view your stomach, esophagus and duodenum.

What can it help diagnose?

• Heartburn
• Black or tarry stools or vomiting blood
• Bringing food back up (regurgitation)
• Low blood count
• Feeling full sooner than normal or after eating less than usual
• Feeling that food is stuck behind the breastbone
• Pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen
• Swallowing problems or pain with swallowing
• Nausea or vomiting that is persistent

What to Expect From an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy

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An esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or EGD, is a small outpatient procedure that uses a flexible endoscope to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and initial part of the small intestine. It typically takes up to an hour and doesn't require recovery time. If you're scheduled for an EGD at Greater OKC Gastroenterology Associates in Edmond, OK, you don't have to be nervous. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and can go back to work the same day.

Please refrain from eating or drinking in the eight hours leading up to your esophagogastroduodenoscopy, and wear loose clothing. Call now to talk to our staff about preparing for your EGD.

What can EGDs help diagnose?

EGDs are a popular diagnostic choice for doctors because they're minimally invasive and can provide a lot of information about the health of a patient. They're helpful for evaluating...

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Upper gastrointestinal bleeding

After the test, you may have to wait a few days for results. Your doctor will discuss the results with you and recommend treatment for any medical issues.