Prioritize Your Gastrointestinal Well-being 

Digestive system problems can significantly affect your quality of life. If you're grappling with discomfort or symptoms related to your esophagus, duodenum, or stomach, it might be time to explore an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) at Meliora Healthcare in Naples, FL. We're here to help you regain control of your digestive health and lead a more comfortable and enjoyable life.

Navigating the Decision for an EGD Procedure 

When it comes to deciding whether an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) procedure is the appropriate course of action for you, consider the following factors:

Persistent Symptoms

If you find yourself contending with persistent symptoms related to your stomach, esophagus, or duodenum, an EGD may be the path to clarity and resolution. 

Chronic Heartburn

Chronic heartburn that remains unresponsive to over-the-counter remedies could signal the need for an EGD examination. 

Unexplained Symptoms

Symptoms such as food regurgitation, upper abdominal pain, or difficulty swallowing that defy explanation may benefit from the insights an EGD can provide. 

Concerning Signs

Vomiting blood, experiencing anemia, or noticing black or tarry stools are concerning signs that should prompt consideration of an EGD screening. 

Unexplained Weight Loss

If you've experienced unexplained weight loss, it's worth exploring whether an underlying gastrointestinal issue is contributing to your condition.

Preparing for Your Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) Procedure

Before your scheduled EGD procedure, it's important to understand the process and how to prepare effectively. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you get ready:

  • Procedure Overview: An EGD is a diagnostic procedure that examines the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. 
  • Pre-Procedure Appointment: You will typically have an appointment with your healthcare provider before the EGD. During this appointment, discuss your medical history, any allergies, and the medications you are currently taking. 
  • Fasting Instructions: Your healthcare provider will provide specific instructions regarding fasting. Typically, you will need to refrain from eating or drinking for a specified period before the procedure to ensure clear visualization. 
  • Arrival at the Facility: On the day of your EGD, follow the instructions provided and arrive at the medical facility. It is essential to have a companion with you, as the sedation used during the procedure may leave you feeling drowsy. 
  • Anesthesia and Sedation: You will receive anesthesia and sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure. While you may remain conscious, you are likely to have minimal memory of the EGD. 
  • Insertion of the Endoscope: The EGD begins with the insertion of a thin, flexible tube known as an endoscope through your mouth. This endoscope contains a camera and a light source, allowing your healthcare provider to view the upper gastrointestinal tract. 
  • Examination Process: As the endoscope advances, your healthcare provider carefully examines the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Real-time visuals are displayed on a monitor. 
  • Biopsy and Intervention: If any abnormalities, such as ulcers or polyps, are detected, your healthcare provider may perform biopsies or interventions during the procedure.

Our team of healthcare professionals at Meliora Healthcare is dedicated to helping you make informed decisions about your health. If you're grappling with any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to provide the guidance and support you need to prioritize your digestive health and overall well-being.

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Why Choose Meliora Healthcare?  

When you decide to entrust Meliora Healthcare with your EGD screening in Naples, FL, you can have full confidence that your procedure will be administered by skilled and seasoned gastroenterologists. Our team brings a wealth of specialized experience and expertise to the table. With a history of achieving successful outcomes and a profound understanding of the intricacies of our field, we proudly lead in our industry. Our highly esteemed and accoladed gastroenterologists take immense pride in consistently delivering high-quality, patient-centered care that is uniquely tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient. We are committed to ensuring that your EGD screening proceeds seamlessly, free from stress, and yields a precise evaluation of your digestive health. If you are prepared to schedule your appointment, please reach out to our office today. Your digestive well-being is our priority. 

EGD Screening FAQ

How long does an EGD take?

How is EGD different from a colonoscopy?

What can I expect after the EGD?

Can I resume my regular activities after an EGD

How long does an EGD take?

The entire EGD procedure typically takes between 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

How is EGD different from a colonoscopy?

EGD examines the upper gastrointestinal tract, while a colonoscopy examines the lower gastrointestinal tract (colon and rectum).

What can I expect after the EGD?

After the procedure, you'll be monitored in a recovery area until the sedation wears off. You should have a companion to drive you home.

Can I resume my regular activities after an EGD

You may resume your regular activities once the sedation wears off. However, you should avoid strenuous activities on the day of the procedure.

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