An EGD is a test (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) to examine the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The esophagus is the tube we think of when we swallow liquids and food into our stomach. The esophagus the muscular tube that connects your throat to your stomach and the duodenum, which is the upper part of your small intestine.
An endoscope is a small camera on a tube. An EGD test involves passing an endoscope down your throat and your esophagus. This test allows the physician to evaluate the status of your esophagus, stomach and duodenum.
Dr. Merriman will perform either an EGD or TNE before Weight Loss Surgery to evaluate the area where surgery will be done.
Dr. Merriman may also perform an EGD on a patient to diagnose an issue related to common symptoms like: severe, chronic heartburn; vomiting blood; black or tarry stools; regurgitating food; pain in the stomach; unexplained anemia; persistent nausea or vomiting; unexplained weight loss; a feeling that food is "getting stuck" while swallowing; pain or difficulty in swallowing.
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