The word may look frightening, but an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or EGD, is a pain-free procedure to examine the esophagus (the tunnel down to your stomach), the stomach, and duodenum (beginning of the small intestine). From this simple breakdown, you can see where the procedure gets its name: “esophago” for esophagus, “gastro” for stomach, “duodeno” for the duodenum, and “oscopy” means “viewing of.” If it all sounds like Greek to you, that’s because many medical terms really do come from Greek!
I, A. Shamsuddoha MD (Dr Sham), am affiliated with five hospitals in the Pontiac, MI area, so the EGD can be safely performed in a location that is convenient for you. Please keep in mind that you will be anesthetized for this procedure—this is to prevent choking. (You will need a ride home from the procedure as the anesthesia wears off.)
I also perform the less-intrusive endoscopy, which examines your upper gastrointestinal tract. Both procedures are designed to look for cancer, but they can also detect celiac disease, gastritis, anemia, ulcers, and many other diseases. Endoscopies can also treat diseases, including treating bleeding ulcers, remove objects stuck in your upper GI tract (like food or small foreign objects), and much more.
Once these procedures are complete, I will let you know if you are at risk for any serious illnesses. If you have any questions or concerns before or after the EGD, please do not hesitate to arrange to see me in my office.