Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) allows the doctor to look directly into the first part of the small intestine (duodenum), your esophagus and stomach.
- Follow your doctor's instructions carefully
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight
- Arrange for an adult to drive you home after the exam.
- You lie on your left side for the procedure
- Your throat may be numbed with a spray
- You are given sedation through an intravenous (IV) line. This will make you drowsy or completely asleep
- You swallow the endoscope. This is thinner than most pieces of food that you swallow
- Air is inserted to expand your GI tract. It can make you burp
- The endoscope carries images of your upper GI tract to a video screen
- The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes
- After the procedure is done, you rest for a time and an adult must drive you home.