At Northwest Weight & Wellness Center (NWWC), we take a comprehensive approach that prioritizes your health and well-being. Diagnostic procedures, such as an endoscopy, may be included as part of your personalized treatment plan in order to ensure you get the best care possible.
What is an Upper Endoscopy?
An upper endoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a diagnostic procedure that allows your doctor to examine your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestines) from the inside. An endoscopy is performed through the mouth, using a special instrument with a tiny camera. This outpatient procedure is performed with anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
Why do I need an Upper Endoscopy?
This procedure may be indicated for a variety of reasons, and may be recommended for patients having bariatric surgery or as a stand-alone procedure. You may need an upper endoscopy if we are preparing you for some types of surgery, if you have heartburn, ulcer symptoms, or have any symptoms that may be affecting your esophagus and stomach. After consulting with one of our providers, we will determine if this is an appropriate procedure for you.
What to Expect During an Upper Endoscopy
The upper endoscopy procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes. You will be sedated prior to the procedure and afterwards you will be taken to our recovery area. Patients can expect to spend approximately 2 to 3 hours in our surgical clinic.
Recovery After an Upper Endoscopy
Minimal recovery time is needed after an upper endoscopy. You may feel groggy from the sedation and you may experience symptoms such as a sore throat and/or bloating, which are temporary and typically go away within 48 hours.1
If you have any questions about your treatment plan or any upcoming procedures, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here for every step of your journey to better health!
1 Mayo Clinic. Upper Endoscopy. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/endoscopy/about/pac-20395197 Accessed July 15, 2022