An EGD is a procedure used to visualize the upper digestive tract. A tiny, flexible scope is passed through the esophagus and into the stomach. During the procedure the doctor can take biopsies, remove polyps, dilate the esophagus, and more.
When visualizing the upper digestive tract, your doctor may be looking to diagnose: difficulty in swallowing, reflux, ulcers, upper abdominal pain, intestinal bleeding, gastritis, and more.
When having an EGD, your physician will asking you to not eat or drink after midnight. You may also be asked to stop certain medications prior to the procedure. A detailed list of instructions will be provided to you at your consultation visit.