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Visit Our Team for Your Upper Endoscopy in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Your digestive system starts with your mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, which are grouped as your upper gastrointestinal tract. While a doctor can easily see the first part of this tract, exploring the rest requires special diagnostic exams like an upper endoscopy by using a long flexible tube with a camera at the end of it. In Mt. Pleasant, SC, East Cooper General Surgery is the place to go for your test.

We have the experience and state-of-the-art tools necessary to make your appointment as simple and productive as possible. Visit our clinic for a diagnosis of issues involving your upper gastrointestinal tract, such as:

  • Stomach/Duodenal Ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing)
  • Inflammation
  • Cancer

What to Expect During Your Examination

You may sometimes hear an upper endoscopy referred to as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or EGD for short. Regardless of what you call it, the procedure is quick and delivers reliable results. A long, flexible tube with a camera (an endoscope) is inserted into your mouth and advanced to the first part of your small intestine, called the duodenum. As it passes, we review a live video of what the camera sees and take pictures, looking for abnormalities. We may also use the endoscope to remove small pieces of tissue for biopsy or remove concerning growths on the lining of the stomach, also known as polyps.

You will be sedated for the procedure, and our team will do everything possible to keep you comfortable throughout the EGD test. The procedure typically takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. After the examination, your throat may feel sore or scratchy, but you should be able to eat without issues. Once you have met the criteria to be discharged, the physician will discuss with you the findings on the exam. Depending on the findings during the procedure, the physician may give you diet and/or medication restrictions.

Getting Ready for Your Appointment

Our team will give you detailed preparation instructions prior to your upper endoscopy. In general, you must not eat or drink anything, including water, for at least six hours before the exam. You may also have diet and/or medication restrictions the week prior to the exam. Your physician will give you detailed instructions regarding this.

You will be expected to arrive 2 hours prior to your scheduled exam time. Plan to take the day off from work for the exam and make arrangements to have someone you know drive you home. Since the procedure is performed with sedation medications that will make you drowsy, you will be instructed to not drive a car or return to work until the next day. Contact the physician and inform him of any special needs, medical conditions, latex allergy, or current medications you are taking.

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