Upper GI Series Endoscopy & EGD in North Houston
What is an upper GI endoscopy?
Upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is a medical procedure that can help your digestive doctor determine the cause of your heartburn, acid reflux, or other gastrointestinal problem. The procedure, also called an EGD for short, involves using a small, thin tube with a light and camera at the end, which creates images for your physician to evaluate the area. At Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston, we provide upper GI endoscopy in a comfortable and compassionate setting.
Why is an upper GI endoscopy used?
An upper GI endoscopy might be used to help your physician diagnose, treat, or monitor a wide range of digestive issues, including:
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Digestive problems / digestive pain
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Difficulty swallowing / dysphagia
At Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston, we may also recommend using an upper GI endoscopy to further evaluate the following upper gastrointestinal symptoms:
- Stomach bleeding
- Swallowing problems / dysphagia
- Stomach pain
What does an upper GI endoscopy involve?
The EGD procedure begins with a consultation with a member of one of our compassionate providers, who will walk you through the entire procedure. Often, you’ll be asked to hold off on taking certain medications or adjust your diet in the days leading up to the GI endoscopy. This will vary from person to person, depending on your exact conditions and needs. Dr. Adeyefa will completely explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have.
The procedure itself is relatively short. We will provide you with a pain relieving medication and sedative to help you feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. An upper endoscopy involves a small tube going through your throat, which may make some patients feel nervous. You can feel completely relaxed under our care knowing that the procedure will not affect your breathing and our providers will be with you to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed the whole time.
After the endoscopy, we’ll go through your results with you one-on-one and diagnose any digestive conditions the test has indicated. Then, we’ll walk you through a personalized treatment plan to get you back to your best health.
What are the benefits of having an upper GI endoscopy at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston?
For years, our gastroenterology practice has provided the Houston area with compassionate and comprehensive digestive care that is patient-centered and focused on improving your digestive and overall health. Some of the many benefits of visiting us for an upper GI endoscopy include the following:
- Short procedure
- Comfortable, compassionate environment
- Detects a wide range of digestive issues
- Minimally invasive
- Little or no downtime
How to prep for an endoscopy
Prepping for an endoscopy focuses on clearing all food from the stomach and upper digestive tract to give the doctor a clear view inside your stomach. Fasting also reduces the chances that stomach contents will get into your lungs, in a complication known as aspiration. Having an empty stomach also decreases the risk of possible complications associated with anesthesia.
To prep for an endoscopy:
- Stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners as directed; do not stop taking any medication unless the endoscopy team tells you to
- Be sure to arrange a ride home following your endoscopy.
Plan to drink plenty of fluids after your endoscopy, as you may be dehydrated after the procedure. Since you will have not eaten for 12 hours, you will be hungry, so be sure to have food on hand that is easy to prepare and eat.
Recovery from an endoscopy
After your endoscopy, you will sit or lie quietly in a recovery area, where a medical professional will monitor your recovery as the sedative wears off. You can expect to remain here for an hour or so.
Once you get home, you may continue to feel drowsy from the sedation. For your safety and convenience, ask your driver to stay with you for a couple of hours.
Since the doctor introduces air into the stomach to perform the endoscopy, you may feel bloating, gas, and cramping. These effects should wear off within hours.
You may also have a sore throat from the tube inserted into your throat. This is completely normal and should go away within a few hours. If you experience a sore throat following your endoscopy, try drinking warm liquids, using throat lozenges or, if necessary, taking Tylenol.
Frequently asked questions about endoscopies
Will I be asleep during my endoscopy?
You will probably undergo “conscious sedation,” which is a type of anesthesia that uses a combination of drugs to make you feel relaxed and very comfortable. While you may feel asleep, you will be conscious enough to respond if spoken to.
You might receive monitored anesthesia instead of conscious sedation. Monitored anesthesia will make you fall completely asleep but breathe on your own, and you will not respond to conversation.
In either case, you will have little to no recollection of the procedure.
How long does it take to recover after an endoscopy?
It takes one to two hours for the sedative to wear off. After you arrive home, you may feel groggy. You may also experience bloating and gas for the next day or two.
How long does an endoscopy take?
Including recovery time, your entire appointment may take up to 3 hours. The endoscopy procedure takes only 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your specific situation. It may take a few more minutes to change into a gown, start the IV for your sedative medication, and get ready for your test. Recovery can take one to two hours.
Will I have pain following the procedure?
You should have little or no pain following your endoscopy, although you may have a slight sore throat.
Who should I call for more information about endoscopies?
For more information about endoscopy, contact Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston at 832-912-4481.
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If you are suffering from a digestive issue, visit Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.