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Upper Endoscopy
Visual examination of upper digestive system with a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube

An EGD is also called an upper endoscopy. It is done with a narrow, flexible tube that has a camera and lights that goes in through your mouth into the upper digestive tract. It allows your doctor to look into your esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine called the duodenum. These tests helps your doctor diagnose illnesses and make plans for treatment if needed.


Detailed preparation instructions will be provided upon scheduling your upper endoscopy. You will not be able to eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the test. You will also need to follow instructions about stopping aspirin and other blood-thinning medicines before the test.

What to Expect

Plan to arrive at the arrival time on your letter so the staff can get you ready. Expect to be here about 3 hours for your test and recovery time. The test will take about 15 minutes. After you have registered, you will change into a hospital gown. To protect your privacy, and the privacy of other patients, family members and friends are not permitted in the procedure areas.

A nurse will review your medicine list and medical history. An intravenous (IV) line will be placed to give you medicine during the test. Let the nurse know right away if you have had problems having an IV placed in the past. When the nurse has you ready, you will be taken to a private room, where your test will be done. You will be given a consent form to read over. The doctor will talk to you and go over the consent form. Ask any questions you have about the test before you sign the form. You will be given medicines in your IV to help you relax. You will likely rest on your left side. Your throat may be sprayed with a numbing medicine. The doctor will pass another tube through your mouth and into your esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

After the Test

You will be taken to a recovery area for 30 to 45 minutes. You will then change back into your clothes. The doctor will speak with you and your family member before you leave. Plan to take the day off of work and rest at home after the test.

The medicine given during the test can cause you to have memory changes and impair your judgment. Do not drive a motorized vehicle or operate heavy machinery. Do not sign any papers or make any legal decisions.

The DMH GI NAVIGATOR is operated by GI staff, trained to respond effectively to inquiries in order to create a program with your primary care physician to get you in and out for an upper endoscopy.

For more information, call 217-876-1846.