EGD Test

Your EGD Test

Your doctor has ordered this test for a look at your esophagus, stomach and duodenum to see if there are any abnormalities of the upper digestive tract.

Pre-Op Prep Instructions

One week before you EGD please stop taking any ASPIRIN, all non-Tylenol pain relievers, COUMADIN, and other blood thinners.  If you are unsure about the ingredients in your medication, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.


You will need someone to drive you home or accompany you if you are taking a cab or ambulance.  Your designated driver is asked to be present upon discharge from the GI Lab.

No smoking, gum chewing, or peppermints 8 hours before your procedure.  Failure to follow these instructions may result in a delay in your procedure or a possible reschedule.

What Occurs During the Exam?

The doctor will use a small lighted flexible tube thinner than most of the food you swallow to examine the lining of the upper digestive tract.  We may numb your mouth and throat and use medications to relax you.

We don’t obstruct breathing passages.  We make a special effort to keep you comfortable.  In fact, most patients don’t even remember the procedure.

Possible Complications

EGD is safe and is associated with a very low risk.  Complications can occur but are rare.

Possible complications include:  hemorrhage (bleeding), perforation (tearing) of the esophagus or stomach and pneumonia, or an adverse reaction to one of the medications.

You must tell us of allergies or peculiar reactions you have had to medicines, particularly novocains and medicines that dentists use for numbing teeth; also sedatives and pain killers.  In very rare circumstances death could result from a complication.  It should be emphasized that complications are extremely rare.  This is a routine procedure in our hands and we are extremely careful.

After the procedure

Expect a mild sore throat lasting one or two days.  You can use lozenges for relief.

Do not eat or drink for one hour (your throat will be numb and we don’t want anything to go down the wrong “pipe”).

Do not drive for 24 hours after the procedure.