EGD is an abbreviation for esophagogastroduodenoscopy. This procedure allows the surgeon to view your esophagus (tube for swallowing), stomach and the duodenum (the area below your stomach). If you are having difficult or painful swallowing, narrowing of the esophagus, reflux, heartburn or other such symptoms, the doctor can perform an EGD to evaluate your problem. This outpatient procedure is done at the hospital under sedation. The surgeon will also spray your mouth and throat with a topical anesthetic. Once you are relaxed and your throat is numb, the surgeon will gently insert a flexible tube into your mouth and then into your throat. Narrowed areas can be stretched easily and safely and multiple biopsies can be taken. This procedure can take up to 30 minutes to complete. Once you are completely awake and the numbness is gone, you may go home with a responsible adult and return to normal activity. You will be given an appointment to see the surgeon back in his office several days later to discuss the findings of this test.
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