Patient Education Material

An upper GI endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in your upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The upper GI tract includes your food pipe (esophagus), stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum).

You should not eat or drink at least 8hours before the procedure. You will be conscious but either sedated or the nurse will give you a local numbing (anesthetic) solution. It is important that you stay calm and breathe from the nose during the procedure. The procedure will last around 5-15 minutes.

  • Bleeding control from upper GI tract.
  • Removal of growths (polyps).
  • Open (dilate) narrowed areas (strictures).
  • Food pipe (Esophageal) and Small bowel (Enteral) stenting.
  • Remove things that may be stuck in the upper GI tract.
  • Insert a tube used for tube feeding (a percutaneous gastrostomy tube) into the stomach (PEG tube).
  • Banding of abnormal veins in your esophagus (Esophageal varices)
  • Management of Tumors, either cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign)
  • Damage caused by swallowing very harmful (caustic) substances, such as household detergents and chemicals.
  • Botox injections for Achalasia
  • Balloon dilatation for Achalasia
  • Gastric balloons for obesity and weight management.

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  • One PKLI Avenue, DHA, Phase-6, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • info@pkli.org.pk
  • +92 42 111 117 554