As a gastroenterologist, Eric Hesch is familiar with the EGD, or the esophagogastroduodenoscopy, which is a test that is used to examine the lining of the esophagus, first part of the intestine, and the stomach. An endoscope is used to do the procedure, which is a flexible tube that has a light and camera on the end of it.
The EGD upper endoscopy procedure is straightforward:
- The doctor will give you either a sedative or pain medicine intravenously to help you relax. This will make sure you feel no pain and to not remember the entire procedure afterward.
- Since the endoscope is inserted into your mouth and down your throat a local anesthetic will be used so that you won’t gag or cough. A mouth guard is also used to protect your teeth and the endoscope. Any dentures or body jewelry must be removed before the procedure.
- You lie down on your left side and the endoscope is inserted straight through the esophagus, or the food pipe, into the stomach and duodenum. At the same time, air is pushed through the endoscope to help the doctor see.
- The doctor then examines the lining of the esophagus, upper duodenum, and stomach. A tissue sample or biopsy can be taken with the endoscope.
- There are a few treatments that can be performed with the endoscope, like widening or stretching a narrow part of the esophagus.
Eric Hesch performs an EGD when you have new symptoms that can’t be explained or are just not responding to treatments.