English | Español
Home | Foundation | Online Services | Contact Us | About Us | Donate

What Can I Expect During an EGD?

Before your scheduled endoscopy procedure, a surgical nurse from CCMH will call you to give you detailed instruction on how to prepare and what you should expect.

  • You should not take any aspirin or blood thinners for 3 days prior to
    the procedure.
  • An upper GI endoscopy usually takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
  • If you wear dentures, you will be asked to remove them.
  • You will also be given pain medication and a minor sedative for additional
    comfort.
  • Your throat may be sprayed with a local anesthetic to help numb the area.
  • When the scope is inserted, you may feel pressure inside your throat.
  • You will be able to breathe on your own throughout the procedure. It’s
    recommended that you take slow, deep breaths through your nose.
  • When the exam in completed, the scope will slowly be removed from your body.
  • After the procedure, you will spend an appropriate amount of time in the recovery room area.
  • You will need to have someone else drive you home.
  • You may experience a sore throat and some bloating or cramping in your stomach.
  • You can expect to return to normal activities the next day.
  • You can expect to have ongoing excellent care provided to you before, during and after the procedure from your CCMH surgeon and staff.