EGD or Upper GI Endoscopy

EGD or Upper GI endoscopy is a common diagnostic procedure that is performed to visualize the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. This procedure is done with the help of a flexible endoscope, a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end that is inserted through the mouth and into the upper GI tract. 

At Sterling Hospitals Ahmedabad, we provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for the EGD procedure. Our team of experienced gastroenterologists and endoscopists work together to provide patients with the highest quality care. 

Indications: An EGD procedure is used to diagnose a variety of conditions that affect the upper GI tract. Some of the most common indications for EGD include: 

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) 
  • Peptic ulcer disease 
  • Gastritis 
  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Unexplained upper abdominal pain 
  • Screening for esophageal cancer or stomach cancer 
  • Barrett's esophagus 
  • Celiac disease 
  • Hiatal hernia 

Preparation: In order to ensure that the procedure is safe and effective, there are certain preparations that patients must follow before undergoing an EGD. These preparations include: 

  • Fasting for at least 6 hours prior to the procedure 
  • Stopping any blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or warfarin, for a specified amount of time prior to the procedure 
  • Informing the doctor of any allergies or medical conditions that may affect the procedure or sedation 
  • Arranging for someone to drive the patient home after the procedure, as sedation will be administered and the patient may be groggy or disoriented. 

Procedure: The EGD procedure typically takes around 15 to 30 minutes to complete. The patient is usually sedated for the procedure, and a local anesthetic may be used to numb the throat. Once the patient is comfortable, the endoscope is carefully passed through the mouth and down into the esophagus. The doctor will carefully inspect the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum for any abnormalities or signs of disease. If necessary, the doctor may also take biopsies or remove polyps during the procedure. 

At Sterling Hospitals Ahmedabad, we use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care during their EGD procedure. Our team of highly trained and experienced gastroenterologists and endoscopists work together to provide patients with a safe and comfortable experience. 

In conclusion, EGD is a valuable diagnostic tool for evaluating conditions of the upper GI tract. At Sterling Hospitals Ahmedabad, we provide a comprehensive range of gastroenterology services, including EGD, to help patients achieve optimal digestive health.