This is a procedure that enables the physician to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine) using a thin flexible tube with its own lens and light source. This procedure does not interfere with your breathing.
This procedure is usually performed to evaluate symptoms of persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing. It is also the best test for locating the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract. This procedure can detect early cancer and can distinguish between benign and malignant (cancerous) conditions when biopsies (small tissue samples) of suspicious areas are obtained. Biopsies are taken for many reasons and do not necessarily mean that cancer is suspected. A cytology test (introduction of a small brush to collect cells) may also be performed.
You must not drive a car, operate heavy machinery or make important decisions until the following day and therefore will need to have someone available to drive you home.
Please see the FORMS section for preparation information for this procedure.
The EGD or upper endoscopies are performed at all three locations, Kalamazoo Endo Center (KEC), Bronson Hospital, and Borgess Hospital.
You must not drive a car, operate heavy machinery or make important decisions until the following day. Therefore, you will need to have someone available to drive you home.