Endoscopy

The Indiana University Health Endoscopy Team uses high-tech equipment to help diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive system. Small, flexible, lighted tubes are used to examine the area. Specially trained physicians and nurses work together to ensure patient comfort and safety.

Endoscopy services are provided at IU Health Methodist Hospital on the second floor. All patients will have a physician referral. Some of the most common services we provide include:

  • Colonoscopy examines the entire colon
  • Upper GI ultrasound (EGD) examines the upper GI tract, esophagus, stomach and duodenum
  • Endoscopy ultrasound (EUS)
  • Bronchoscopy examines the throat, larynx, trachea and lower airway to diagnose or treat any problem areas
  • ERCP
  • Feeding tube
  • Other endoscopy services available at IU Health University

Before Your Surgery

Be sure to follow the instructions from your referring physician's office exactly. In general, don't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure, unless directed by your physician. Follow any additional preparation instructions that are given. Talk to your physician's office about any medications you are taking to see if you should hold off on taking them before the procedure and for how long.

The Day of Your Surgery

Please arrive at the hospital two hours prior to your procedure to allow adequate time for registration, IV preparation and any lab work that may be needed. Read Preparing for Surgery. Please take the A elevators to 2A.

What to Bring to Your Surgery (And What Not to Bring)

Leave jewelry or other valuables at home. Bring your insurance card and a detailed list of any medications you are taking with dosages and frequency. You will need to bring a driver with you since most procedures are performed under moderate sedation. This means you will be monitored closely by the medical team to make sure you are comfortable. The medications will make you sleepy enough to forget the procedure, but you will be breathing comfortably on your own. In a few cases, general anesthesia may be used.

Following your procedure, a physician will talk to the family member accompanying you. Your results will come from the referring physician's office. You will receive the results by phone or mail within five to 10 days. If you are not contacted within that time, or if you have questions, you may call the physician listed on your discharge form.