Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

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One diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedure we offer is the upper endoscopy or better known as an EGD.  A multitude of GI disorders and conditions stem from problems arising in the upper GI tract that include the stomach, esophagus, and the beginning of the small intestine. This procedure is safe and effective, and it allows one of our expert physicians to examine this part of the body for any abnormalities or issues.   Centers for Gastroenterology is proud to provide upper endoscopy procedures in Northern Colorado.  For over 40 years, our mission has been to deliver the highest quality gastrointestinal healthcare to patients of all ages in Northern Colorado.  With offices in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Steamboat Springs, we provide many outpatient services.  

What is Upper Endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy uses an endoscope, in the shape of a long tube that contains a very small camera. The advanced technology in the endoscope allows it to visualize the upper GI tract by allowing it to be high quality imaging with precision and accuracy. This procedure investigates the cause of various symptoms that a patient may experience, including heartburn, abdomenal pain, vomiting, and bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. During the procedure biopsies, or tissue samples, can be done for pathology review. There are also different therapies that can be done to stop upper GI bleeds, dilation of strictures or even removing a foreign objects or polyps.


An upper endoscopy may be used in combination with other procedures. A special type of upper endoscopy utilizes the aid of an ultrasound to be able to evaluate what lies beneath the surface

Upper Endoscopy Procedure

An upper endoscopy is a safe, effective and routine procedure at Centers for Gastroenterology. One of our physicians will consult with you before the procedure begins to discuss your pertinent medical history and answer any questions you may have. 

The night before the procedure starting at midnight, you can no longer eat consume solid foods.  You will need to stop drinking clear liquids at least 2 hours prior to the procedure. The stomach must be clear for the procedure to yield the most accurate results. In addition, you may be asked to refrain from taking blood-thinning medications for a short period of time before the procedure. 

Sedation will be used for the procedure to allow you to be comfortable, so plan to arrange a ride home and take the day off work. Before the start of the procedure, medical staff will attach monitors your body to measure vital signs such as blood pressure, oxygen levels, heart rate and rhythm throughout the process. A bite block will be inserted into the mouth to help protect your teeth and will allow safe passage of the endoscope. The endoscope will then be inserted through the mouth, into the esophagus, the stomach and small intestine.  During the procedure there may be theraputic or diagnostic manuevars performed. This procedure on average takes under half an hour from start to finish. 

Upper Endoscopy Recovery and Aftercare

You will stay in recovery after the procedure until you are safe to be discharged home with your ride.  Bloating, gas, sore throat, and mild cramping may occur and should resolve relatively quickly. Activity levels should be limited until the day after the procedure. 


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If you’re concerned about symptoms you or a loved one may be experiencing, Centers for Gastroenterology would love to help ease your mind and work with you to develop a plan of treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation with one of our experienced physicians.



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