EGD & Capsule Endoscopy FAQs

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Q: What is an endoscopy?

Frequently Asked Questions on EGDsA: An endoscopy is a procedure in which a small, flexible scope is inserted into the body to view the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, colon or rectum.

Q: What is an upper endoscopy?

A: An upper endoscopy is a procedure used to visualize the esophagus, stomach, and the beginning portion of the small intestines. The doctor can visualize and treat provide therapeutics at the same time during an upper endoscopy.

Q: Who will perform the endoscopy?

A: Patients tend to feel better if a gastroenterologist performs the endoscopy. A gastroenterologist is specially trained in performing endoscopic techniques to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal issues.

Q: Does an endoscopy hurt?

A: No. It is uncommon to have pain during or after an endoscopic procedure. Patients are sedated and should not feel pain or remember the experience.

Q: Should I bring someone with me to the procedure?

A: Yes. Another person must drive you home if you are having a procedure done with sedation. If you don’t have a driver, we cannot perform the procedure. Since you will likely be groggy after the procedure, it is also beneficial to have someone with you to talk to the doctor.

If your procedure is done without sedation (i.e. hemorrhoid banding), we do not require another person to drive you home.

Q: I feel a little gassy after my endoscopy, is that normal?

A: Yes. Air is introduced during an endoscopy so the doctor can get a good view of the lining of the intestines. Dr. Nowain makes every effort to remove the air that was introduced during the procedure so that patients generally do not wake up feeling gassy or bloated. For the few patients who do experience this, symptoms are mild and usually short lasting.

Q: What is capsule endoscopy?

A: Capsule endoscopies are used to view the small intestines and are less-invasive procedures. Instead of the doctor inserting the endoscopy, you swallow a small pill that contains a light and camera. It takes over 50,000 pictures of your intestines in an 8-hour period, during which time you wear a small recorder around your waist that allows the doctor to download the pictures on his computer.

Q: Do I have to retrieve the camera afterwards?

A: No. They are completely disposable!

Q: Are endoscopic procedures, including camera endoscopies and colonoscopies, covered by insurance?

A: Generally, yes. Both of these procedures are considered necessary diagnostic procedures and are often covered by insurance. Our office can authorize the procedure with your insurance carrier prior to the procedure.