Upper Endoscopy and Pneumatic Balloon Dilatation
Better diagnosis and treatment with EGD
EGD is shorthand for esophagogastroduodenoscopy, also known as gastroscopy. It is both a diagnostic and treatment procedure. On the diagnostic side, it helps your Utah Gastroenterology doctor to find the causes of symptoms such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Heartburn, GERD
- Internal GI bleeding
- Nausea and vomiting
- Unexplained weight loss
Commonly performed as an outpatient procedure using a small, flexible instrument to examine the esophagus, stomach and upper small intestine, EGD is an extremely safe treatment procedure in the hands of our board-certified gastroenterologists. The procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes, and the only preparation is no food for 12 hours and no liquid for three hours before the procedure. With EGD, we can:
- Perform biopsies to check tissue samples for cancer, inflammation, infection
- Remove GI growths
- Remove foreign bodies or food stuck in the GI tract
- Identify and treat actively bleeding lesions
Pneumatic balloon dilatation
This procedure is used to treat patients who are having difficulty swallowing, also known as achalasia, a condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter fails to open and prevents food from entering the stomach. We also use it to treat another uncommon condition, scleroderma. In scleroderma, the lower esophageal muscles stop moving, which leads to severe gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD.
Pneumatic balloon dilatation procedure
Pneumatic balloon dilatation is considered most effective nonsurgical treatment for achalasia. A collapsed balloon is positioned in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). An X-ray machine is used to guide placement of the balloon. When the balloon has been positioned at the LES, it is inflated to disrupt the esophageal muscle, in order to widen the opening for the food to enter the stomach.
- This is an outpatient procedure.
- You will be asked to drink only liquids for 12 hours to two days in advance.
- After surgery, you should keep to a soft diet for a few weeks to a month, avoiding foods that can aggravate reflux.
- Be sure to comply with regular follow-up as recommended by your doctor.
To learn more about the benefits of EGD, or gastroscopy, or pneumatic balloon dilatation, please call us at 801-944-3199. You can also use our convenient online Request an Appointment form to book your preferred consultation time with a gasatroenterologist. Our EGD patients come to us from St. George, West Jordan, Cottonwood, Millcreek, Murray, Sandy, Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Draper and Riverton.