Richland Memorial Hospital performs EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) procedures, also known as upper endoscopy, in its GI Lab.  The procedure involves passing an endoscope, a long, flexible tube with a light and video camera on one end, through the mouth to examine the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum. Biopsies of any abnormality may also be done during the procedure, including biopsy of suspected Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancers, or duodenal and stomach ulcers.

EGD (upper endoscopy) may be performed in patients to evaluate causes and damage from heartburn, GERD, or acid reflux.   It may also be necessary in the case of bleeding from the upper GI tract or narrowing of the esophagus causing food to become stuck.

Consult your doctor if you are experiencing upper GI problems, so he or she can order an EGD procedure.