If you need an upper endoscopy (EGD test), contact our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Anthony Borcich is a board-certified NYC gastroenterologist with over three decades of experience treating patients with gastrointestinal conditions. Dr. Borcich emphasizes a patient-centric approach, offering the latest treatment plans and diagnostic tests, including upper GI endoscopies, to fit your unique needs.
What is an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (EGD)?
An upper endoscopy, also known as an upper GI endoscopy, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), or gastroscopy, is a procedure that uses a fiberoptic scope to painlessly examine the lining of the throat (esophagus), the stomach, and the upper part of the small intestine (duodenum) of a comfortably sedated patient. The scope is a thin, flexible tube with a light on the end. The tube slips easily into the mouth, down the throat (esophagus), and goes all the way down through the stomach to the upper small intestine (duodenum). With this scope, Dr. Borcich can closely examine the internal structures, looking for inflammation, ulcers, celiac disease, tumors, bleeding or infections. An upper endoscopy also allows him to collect tissue samples (biopsies), remove polyps and relieve certain swallowing problems.
Why is an upper GI endoscopy performed?
Some of the conditions that would warrant having an upper endoscopy include ulcers, tumors, polyps, abnormal narrowing of the throat, or inflammation. In addition, an upper EGD test might be recommended for suspected gluten intolerance in order to diagnose celiac disease.
Other symptoms that may require you to have an upper endoscopy performed include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Blood in the stool or spitting up blood
- Persistent or recurring heartburn
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and/or vomiting that won’t go away
- Upper belly pain or bloating
- Unexplained weight loss
- Upper GI bleeding that may be causing anemia
How do I prepare for an EGD test?
Before getting an upper endoscopy, Dr. Borcich will perform a thorough review of your medical history, including addressing all major medical problems, such as heart or lung disease and the medications you are currently taking. For most upper endoscopy procedures, you will be required to stop eating and drinking eight hours before the procedure in order to have an empty stomach. You’ll also need to arrange for someone to escort you home after the procedure.
What can I expect during an upper endoscopy?
Before the EGD test begins, you’ll receive an anesthetic in order to help you relax and not feel any discomfort. Dr. Borcich will have you position yourself on your side. You will still be able to breathe normally when the endoscopic tube is inserted. The entire procedure usually takes around 20 to 30 minutes. However, it may take longer, depending upon what is found and whether a biopsy is needed.
Dr. Borcich performs most of his upper endoscopy procedures at Manhattan Endoscopy Center, New York City’s newest and most modern endoscopy center. This state-of-the-art facility offers the latest equipment and bright procedure rooms. The center aims to make each patient’s procedure as efficient and pleasant as possible, maintaining the personal attention of an office-based procedure while ensuring hospital-level safety standards.
If you believe you have symptoms that may warrant an upper endoscopy, the first step is scheduling an evaluation with an experienced Manhattan gastroenterologist. Anthony Borcich, M.D. has more than 30 years of experience in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal disorders and is known for his compassionate care and personalized approach. Schedule an appointment today by contacting our office or filling out the schedule appointment form on this page.