An EGD or gastroscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to identify gastrointestinal conditions of the upper digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine. Gastroscope is used to investigate upper abdominal pains, diagnosis of H. Pylori and ulcers. In people who come from the countries on the Pacific Rim, Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea, Chile, Ecuador, gastroscopy is done for gastric cancer screening.
You might need an EGD if you are experiencing
Our gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, TX might recommend a gastroscopy if you are experiencing:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- Frequent nausea and vomiting
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Weight Loss
An EGD is useful to diagnose a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including:
- Celiac disease
- Esophageal inflammation
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Esophageal, stomach, or intestinal cancers
Preparation for a Gastroscopy
A gastroscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, requiring no hospital stay. You will be given a mild sedative before your procedure, so it’s important to bring someone with you who can drive you home afterward. Remember not to take any blood thinning medications, including NSAIDs the day before the procedure.
What to Expect with a Gastroscopy
You will be mildly sedated during your procedure, so you will feel relaxed and sleepy. Our doctor may also give you medication to numb your throat. During a gastroscopy, our gastroenterologist will insert a thin, flexible tube with a camera on one end in your mouth. The tube is then guided into your esophagus, down your throat, and into your upper digestive system.
The camera allows our gastroenterologist to view your esophagus and upper GI system. If our doctor finds abnormal tissue, polyps, or growths, a tissue sample can be taken or the polyp can be removed. The tissue or polyp can be biopsied to detect abnormal or cancerous cells.