Upper Endoscopy / Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

Upper endoscopy is also known as EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy). This procedure uses a thin flexible tube with a light and camera at the end to examine the upper gastrointestinal tract, extending from the oropharynx (mouth) to the stomach and into the duodenum (first part of small intestine). Commonly found abnormalities include esophagitis, GERD, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal varices, hiatal hernia, Schatzki's ring, esophageal strictures, gastritis, gastric/peptic ulcers, duodenitis, duodenal ulcers, and Celiac sprue. For the upper endoscopy, you will be asked to lay on your left side, a bite block will be placed in your mouth to protect your teeth and the endoscope from potential damage to each other. You will then be sedated by an anesthesiologist who will also monitor your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate/rhythm, and oxygen level/breathing status) and level of comfort throughout the procedure. Once sedated, the endoscope will be passed through your mouth, esophagus, stomach, and into your duodenum. Air will be introduced through the endoscope to inflate your upper GI tract to enable your doctor to fully inspect the lining. For that reason, you may experience belching after the procedure. If necessary, biopsies may be obtained during the procedure to help confirm your diagnosis. Based on the findings, certain therapeutic maneuvers may also be performed, such as dilation therapy for strictures (narrowings) or ablation therapy to seal bleeding vessels. You will not experience pain if a biopsy is obtained. The procedure usually lasts approximately 5 to 15 minutes followed by a 30 minute recovery period.

Upper Endoscopy
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Contact Information / Office Hours

Center for GI Health Sellersville (8:30-4:30 M thru F)
Phone: 215-257-5071
Fax: 215-257-1801
817 Lawn Avenue
Sellersville, PA 18960
Center for GI Health Lansdale
Phone: 215-257-5071
815 Sumneytown Pike
Suite 210
Lansdale, PA 19446
Center for GI Health Springhouse
Phone: 215-257-5071
909 Sumneytown Pike, Suite 106
Springhouse, PA 19477
The Endoscopy Center (7-3 M thru F)
Phone: 215-453-3050
817 Lawn Avenue
Sellersville, PA 18960
About Us

The Center for GI Health, formerly known as Upper Bucks Medical Associates, has been serving the community since 1973. Our practice has expanded over the years from one to four physicians. CGI is dedicated to provide the highest level of care combining experience and education with compassion and understanding. We have most recently added a female physician to our practice in 2006. This has added a level of comfort for those patients who seek a female to deliver their GI care. CGI has full staff privileges at Grand View Hospital located just across the street from our office and Endoscopy Center.
Hospital Affiliations

The Center for GI Health and The Endoscopy Center are affiliated with Grand View Hospital in Sellersville PA and Abington Hospital in Lansdale PA.

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