What is an Upper Endoscopy (EGD)?

An upper endoscopy (EGD) is an endoscopic procedure that allows your doctor to examine your esophagus, stomach and duodenum (part of your small intestine).

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Before the EGD, you will be given a mild sedative or anesthetic to make you comfortable. The procedure only takes approximately 30 minutes and you will be discharged shortly after. We understand patients are apprehensive about their first EGD. We ensure you will have a good experience by offering tangible comforts, while our experienced staff show both kindness and professionalism. Read more about our Patient Comfort.

An EGD is used to evaluate a number of digestive disorders. Spokane Digestive prefers this diagnostic option because patients generally tolerate it well and it causes minimal discomfort. An EGD is recommended for: stomach pain ulcers, gastritis, difficulty swallowing, digestive tract bleeding, changes in bowel habits (black stools and or diarrhea).


You must have a responsible adult stay on campus during the procedure and drive you home afterwards. Your doctor or nurse will contact you within 10-14 days with the results.

Cost of an Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

The cost of an Upper Endoscopy (EGD) performed in a community-based ambulatory surgery center is approximately $700 to $1,050 (Medicare $550).


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An Upper Endoscopy can be used to identify disorders or problems. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please call (509) 838-5950 to schedule an office consultation.



GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)



Upper belly pain or chest pain that is not heart-related



Continuous vomiting for an unknown reason



Unexplained weight loss or trouble swallowing

What to Expect – Upper Endoscopy

When you first arrive at Spokane Digestive Center, you will check in at the reception area. The receptionist will ask for your picture ID and insurance information. Your billing and demographic information will be obtained, and you will be directed to the Endoscopy waiting room.


Nursing staff will escort you to the pre-op area where you will be asked pertinent health history questions, vital signs will be taken and an intravenous catheter will be placed so that conscious sedation or anesthesia may be given during your procedure to keep you comfortable.


Your physician and anesthesia provider will review your medical history and discuss the procedure with you prior to your endoscopy exam.


Once the pre-procedure information and tasks have been completed, staff will escort you to a procedure room where you will be placed on monitoring devices and the exam will occur. The exam takes approximately 30 minutes during which time you will be sedated and monitored closely to assure your safety and comfort.


When the exam is completed, you will be taken to the recovery room. Your escort will be allowed to sit with you if you choose. Recovery time is approximately 30 minutes. During the recovery you will be provided with something to drink and then discharged.

Why Choose Spokane Digestive?

Since 1978, Spokane Digestive has been dedicated to providing the highest level of care to patients with digestive health problems or concerns.

Endoscopy (EGD) or Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the lining of your colon, aka, your large intestine. An endoscopy is used to examine a person’s upper GI tract. The upper GI tract is a person’s throat, esophagus, stomach, and beginning of the small intestine.

Endoscopy Unit Information

Learn more about what you can expect on the day of your endoscopy procedure and the full details of the complete procedure. Please call (509) 838-5950 to schedule an office consultation today.