Your EGD

Your EGD Procedure


An EGD or upper endoscopy is an exam that allows your doctor to look at your esophagus (swallowng tube), stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). Your physician uses a thin, flexible tube to look for any changes or abnomalities.  During your EGD procedue, your doctor may take tissue samples (biopsies) or remove abnormal growths (polyps). You will get medication through an I.V., putting you to sleep to keep you comfortable during your procedure.  On average, the EGD exam takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Preparing for Your EGD Procedure

You will receive a phone call from an Ohio Valley Endoscopy nurse.  The nurse will obtain a basic health history and will review your pre-exam instructions with you.  It is very important that you speak with an Ohio Valley Endoscopy nurse before the date of your EGD.

Before your EGD exam, you should follow these important safety rules which are critical to your well-being.  If you do not follow these guidelines, your EGD may be delayed or cancelled.

  • Make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home and care for you after your exam.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your EGD unless you are instructed otherwise.  No food, liquids, water, candy, gums or breath mints are allowed after midnight.
  • It is OK to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth the day of your EGD exam. Do not swallow.


  • If you take insulin or any other routine medication, your physician or an Ohio Valley Endoscopy nurse will tell you how to take your medicine the day of your EGD exam.
  • You should take your blood pressure, breathing or seizure medication the morning of your procedure with a small sip of water.

NOTE:  Failure to follow these instructions can cause complications.

The Day of Your EGD

If you are unable to keep your appointment or you are delayed, please contact Ohio Valley immediately at 937-240-1471

  • Make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home and care for you after your EGD.
  • Do not wear any jewelry or bring valuables with you on the day of your EGD.
  • Bring your driver’s license/identification card and health insurance cards/forms with you.
  • Depending on your insurance, you may also be asked to bring your copay, coinsurance or deductible.
  • Wear low-heeled shoes and loose, comfortable clothing that are easy to put on, take off and that can be easily folded.
  • Please review the Patient Rights and Responsibilities which are located at the Ohio Valley Reception Desk and on our website at

During your phone call with the Ohio Valley Endoscopy nurse, you will be instructed what time to arrive at Ohio Valley.  Please check in at the front desk when you arrive.  After you register, you will be escorted back to the pre-procedure area to have your vital signs taken.  You will change into a gown provided by Ohio Valley.  Your physician will talk with you before you are given sedation

After your EGD is completed, you will be moved to a recovery area until you are ready to go home.  You will be offered something to drink- please do not bring food or drink from home. 


During your EGD, your physician may determine that it is necessary to obtain a biopsy sample or remove a polyp for further study.