Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD) in Indianapolis, IN

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What is an upper GI endoscopy?

An upper GI endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)) is an endoscopic procedure. During the procedure, a thin tube or scope is inserted into the mouth and moved to the small intestine or duodenum. The scope has a camera and light at the end, allowing your GI providers at Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology to treat the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first portion of the small intestine easily.

This EGD procedure can be offered as a way to determine the reasoning for GI problems like pain in the abdomen, heartburn or reflux issues, trouble swallowing, bleeding, or abnormal x-rays. If you have chronic heartburn, this can also assist you. Learn more about this treatment by requesting consultation in our Indianapolis, IN location today.

What are the benefits of an EGD?

Having an esophagogastroduodenoscopy procedure can be beneficial for a number of reasons. The test can permit your GI provider to directly evaluate your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (which is the first portion of the small intestine). Additional benefits of an EGD include:

  • Helps in identifying a number of digestive problems (such as GI infections, GERD, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, and more)
  • Allows for polyp removal, tissue biopsies, and other small procedures
  • Can help identify the causes of GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, pain, and heartburn
  • Typically provides a quick, safe, and efficient process

What happens the day before an upper endoscopy?

Instructions are provided by our GI providers that will explain your required prep. This includes eating and drinking as normal until 12 am the day of the scheduled EGD. It is also requested that you not take any medications without informing your GI doctor so we can provide specific directions regarding those medications. If you’re diabetic or take blood thinners like Plavix®, Coumadin®, warfarin, anti-inflammatories, or aspirin be sure to check in with our team so you can receive specialized instructions regarding your medications.

What should I expect on the day of the procedure?

You should arrive an hour before your EGD procedure in our Indianapolis, IN location. Once checked in, you will change into a procedure gown. An IV will be started in your arm so the sedation process can begin. You will also get connected to equipment that monitors your heart rate, blood pressure, and more during the exam. This is to make sure you are steady during the procedure, and to help your Indianapolis, IN doctor understand how your body is reacting.

Once you enter your treatment room, you will lie on your left side on the stretcher and your sedation will begin. Once sedated, the endoscope is inserted into your mouth. The scope is then advanced through the esophagus, stomach, and first portion of the small intestine (duodenum). A tiny amount of air is sent through the scope into the GI tract to help our GI doctors see better. Any fluid remaining in the upper GI tract is removed through the endoscope. Several treatments can be implemented depending on the findings during the exam. This could mean controlling bleeding, removing polyps, and performing any biopsies needed. The whole procedure will generally take 10 - 20 minutes. You’ll be taken to one of our recovery rooms where you’ll be monitored until the sedation wears off.

When can I expect my exam results?

After your surgery, your results will be reviewed with one of our GI specialists in Indianapolis, IN. When you’re under sedation, it is likely that you won’t remember what you are told because of brain fog due to the sedation. When we go over the results, we recommend you bring a trusted family or friend during the time. We will also provide you with a typed report for you to review later. If you have a biopsy, you should receive your results in one week.

EGD is generally a very safe procedure. Problems, when seen, develop in fewer than 1% of patients. Complications are not usually life and death situations, but you could require hospitalization and surgery. A consent form will be provided before the exam. You can have all of your questions and concerns addressed during this time.

The esophagogastroduodenoscopy test isn’t perfect, and there is always a small possibility of irregularities. It is possible that cancer can go unnoticed during the EGD. Maintaining visits with your doctor is ideal so you can keep them up to date on any recent or persistent problems.

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What are the alternatives to an upper endoscopy?

The alternatives to an upper endoscopy will depend on the specific reason it was required. An upper GI endoscopy is the standard method when checking for abnormalities in the upper GI tract. An upper GI/barium swallow and a special type of x-ray can evaluate your upper GI tract as well. These scans are only diagnostic. Any treatments may involve further steps. Request a consultation with our GI team to ensure you are receiving the treatment that works well for you.

Treat your gut symptoms

If you or a family member are having troubling symptoms like frequent heartburn, difficulty swallowing, or intestinal aches, an upper GI endoscopy might be the proper treatment for you. Request an appointment with our team at Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology in our Indianapolis, IN location for more.

Are an EGD and an upper endoscopy the same thing?

You may hear an EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) referred to by a variety of names. In some cases, it could be referenced as an "upper endoscopy" or a "gastroscopy." Even though these terms may vary, they are typically the same thing as an EGD.

What is considered a "normal" result for an EGD procedure?

Results that are "normal" for an EGD test generally indicate that the GI physician did not identify areas of concern in the upper portion of the GI structures. However, normal results may be represented by a smooth texture and normal color in the esophageal, stomach, and duodenal areas. Furthermore, there shouldn't be any signs of bleeding, inflammation, or growths in these tissues. It's essential to understand that a "normal" result does not always rule out all health conditions. Some concerns might not be visible during an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or could be present in another part of the digestive tract, outside the reach of the endoscope utilized to perform the process.

Why might an EGD be advised?

Your Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology doctor might order an esophagogastroduodenoscopy exam if you have liver cirrhosis or Crohn's disease to help monitor such medical concerns. In addition, an EGD might be requested should you experience:

  • Tarry or black stool
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Heartburn
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Issues with swallowing
  • Unintentional loss of weight
  • Persistent nausea
What should I bring to my EGD visit?

Upon arriving at the facility for your EGD test, you may be required to complete a few patient forms. As such, please bring your ID and insurance card with you to your visit. It also may be a good idea to carry a written list of all medications you take, their dosages, and the reason for taking them. We recommend that you leave valuables, such as jewelry, at home.

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