As a patient, getting new procedures done can be scary and nerve-racking. To relieve those nerves you may want to feel prepared and properly informed about your procedure. While our professional staff strives to make you feel comfortable, knowing what your procedure entails and how you can prepare will allow you to feel confident for the time of your test.
Gastrointestinal endoscopy is also known as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). This procedure is performed to diagnose and treat any problems in your upper GI tract. The upper GI tract includes the esophagus, stomach, and the beginning of an intestine.
During the test, a flexible fiberoptic tube will pass through your mouth and down the back of your throat into the esophagus. From the esophagus, the tube slowly moves into the stomach and the start of the intestine.
The tube is equipped with a tiny light and camera which is viewed on a monitor. A small tool can also be used through the fiberoptic tube. Tools can be used for numerous reasons during the procedure such as taking biopsy samples, removing food obstacles, injecting air/fluid, stopping bleeding, and other endoscopic procedures.
The test results can be used to find the cause of unexplained symptoms, identify disorders or problems, and treat those problems. Some symptoms that may require a gastrointestinal endoscopy are abdominal pain, nausea, reflux, difficulty swallowing, or bleeding in the upper GI tract.
To be prepared for the procedure, here are ten things to know about the test process. At Wake Endoscopy Center, the procedure will be as follows:
While gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures are safe and associated with low risk, there are possible rare complications. Some possible complications with this procedure can be bleeding such as a hemorrhage, tearing in the lining of your upper GI tract such as your stomach and esophagus, or an unforeseen and adverse reaction to the sedation medication.
The gastrointestinal endoscopy procedure can diagnose and treat any problems in your upper GI tract. Whether you have symptoms or your health care provider is recommending a gastrointestinal endoscopy, Wake Endoscopy can provide the latest in procedures. Call us at (919) 783-4888 to schedule your procedure with our caring team.