Gastroenterology located in Mesa, AZ

EGD services offered in Mesa, AZ

An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), also called an upper endoscopy, is a procedure used to effectively diagnose and treat issues in the upper half of your digestive tract. At Desert Valley Gastroenterology in Mesa, Arizona, the team of premier patient-focused gastroenterologists offers easy access to EGD and other outpatient procedures. Call the office to schedule your EGD today. 

What is EGD?

EGD is a procedure used to examine the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). During the procedure, the team advances a thin, lighted tube down your throat and into your stomach and duodenum. 

A tiny camera at the end of the tube gathers pictures of your digestive tract. An EGD may include a biopsy, in which the team uses special tools to gather a tiny tissue sample from a suspicious area. 

EGD is an outpatient procedure conveniently performed at the Southwest Endoscopy & Surgicenter in Gilbert. The procedure takes just 10 minutes. 

When might I need an EGD?

You could need an EGD if you’re experiencing issues such as:

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Problem swallowing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss

Generally, if the team suspects an upper digestive tract issue, an EGD is usually suggested.  

What conditions does an EGD diagnose?

An EGD can diagnose issues such as:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Bacterial infections
  • Esophageal strictures (narrowing)
  • Inflammation
  • Benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) growths
  • Gastric (stomach) ulcers
  • Duodenal (small intestine) ulcers

If you take medication for an upper digestive tract issue, the team can also evaluate its effectiveness during EGD. 

While primarily a diagnostic procedure, EGD is also a treatment approach in some cases. For example, the Desert Valley Gastroenterology team can open narrowed areas or remove growths in your upper digestive tract if discovered during their exam. 

How do I prepare for an EGD?

You’ll receive instructions before your EGD. As with a colonoscopy, you’ll fast before the procedure but don’t need a bowel prep. 

You’ll receive intravenous (IV) sedation to keep you comfortable during your EGD. Because the sedation takes a few hours to wear off, you can’t drive home afterward. Arrange for a driver on the day of your EGD.  

What happens after an EGD?

After your EGD, you’ll regain consciousness in a recovery room. You’ll likely experience some temporary bloating or fullness. 

Your driver can take you home, and you should rest for the remainder of the day. You can return to your regular activities the next morning. 

Call the office today to schedule!