Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

An upper endoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that examines the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It's used to find the cause of symptoms such as trouble swallowing, stomach pain, vomiting, or others discussed in this video. A physician will determine if you need an EGD after meeting with you and performing a physical examination.

During the procedure, you are sedated. The doctor will insert a small, flexible tube through your mouth and into the upper GI tract. He or she will then examine your upper GI tract with a small camera. He or she may also take tissue samples called a biopsy to be sent to the lab for testing. Watch the video to learn more about this procedure.