EGD Specialist

Colorado Gastroenterology -  - Gastroenterologist

Colorado Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Denver, CO & Aurora, CO

If you’re suffering from one or more gastrointestinal symptoms, one of the primary tools your doctor can use to get an accurate diagnosis is an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). With locations in Denver, Aurora, and Golden, the skilled specialists at Colorado Gastroenterology perform EGDs and get to the root of upper gastrointestinal concerns. Call today.

EGD Q & A

What is an EGD?

An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a diagnostic test that examines the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and the upper part of the small intestine called the duodenum. EGD may also be called an upper endoscopy.

An EGD is used to determine the cause of a variety of disorders that can occur in the upper GI tract. During the procedure, your Colorado Gastroenterology provider inserts a thin tube with a camera on the tip into the esophagus, allowing them to view your upper digestive tract in real time.

Why would I need an EGD?

An EGD is a versatile and highly useful diagnostic tool which can help diagnose the cause of a number of symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms an EGD investigates include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Long-term nausea and vomiting
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Blood in your bowel movements

A wide variety of conditions can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, but some common disorders EGD diagnoses include:

  • Narrowing of areas of the GI tract
  • Ulcerations
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Enlarged blood vessels or esophageal varices
  • Inflammation
  • Conditions like celiac or Crohn’s disease
  • Infections
  • Gastrointestinal cancers

Depending on what the endoscope finds during your EGD, a biopsy may also be taken during the procedure and sent to a lab for testing.

What should I expect during an EGD?

When you arrive for an EGD at Colorado Gastroenterology, your provider may attach wires to your body that allow them to monitor your heart rate, breathing, and other vital signs. An EGD may involve both sedation and a local anesthetic, or just a local anesthetic to numb the throat.  

When you start the procedure, you lie on your side while your provider inserts the endoscope through the mouth. Air may pump through the scope to help it maneuver, and depending on what the scope finds, a biopsy taken. The entire procedure usually takes less than a half hour, and you’ll be able to return home afterward while the sedative wears off.

If you think that you may need an EGD or if you have any questions about the procedure, call the Colorado Gastroenterology office nearest you today.

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