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An upper endoscopy is also known as an EGD, or esophagogastroduodenoscopy.  It is a procedure that uses a small diameter flexible tube to look inside the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.  If polyps or other abnormal growths are seen, they are removed during the procedure.  If any biopsies are necessary, they are also taken during the examination.  Sedation medications are given through an IV at the beginning of the upper endoscopy to make the procedure painless.

In order to prepare for the upper endoscopy, no food or drink is consumed 6 hours prior to the procedure time.  The 6 hours gives time for the stomach to empty and allows for safe administration of the sedation medications for the upper endoscopy.

Please remember that driving and legal decisions are not permitted for 24 hours after the upper endoscopy to allow time for the sedation medications to wear off.  For safety reasons, it is necessary to have a driver on the day of the upper endoscopy.

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