Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Healing you from the inside out

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is an outpatient, non-surgical diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedure that is designed to determine the cause of esophageal, stomach and upper intestinal problems. If you have symptoms such as bleeding, acid reflux, swallowing problems, upper abdominal bloating or pain and digestive issues, your doctor may recommend a gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Overview

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is an outpatient, non-surgical diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedure that is designed to determine the cause of esophageal, stomach and upper intestinal problems. If you have symptoms such as bleeding, acid reflux, swallowing problems, upper abdominal bloating or pain and digestive issues, your doctor may recommend a gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is a generally painless procedure that takes from five to 30 minutes in most cases. You will be given intravenous (IV) sedation for the procedure and will not be aware of your time under sedation.

During the endoscopy, your doctor will place a small tube with a camera through your mouth and throat, where it will travel through the esophagus to your stomach and duodenum. The duodenum is the first segment of the small intestine. While performing the endoscopy, your doctor can look for inflammation, ulcers, tumors, and obtain biopsies of tissue if necessary.

What to Expect

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is a generally painless procedure that takes from five to 30 minutes in most cases. You will be given intravenous (IV) sedation for the procedure and will not be aware of your time under sedation.

During the endoscopy, your doctor will place a small tube with a camera through your mouth and throat, where it will travel through the esophagus to your stomach and duodenum. The duodenum is the first segment of the small intestine. While performing the endoscopy, your doctor can look for inflammation, ulcers, tumors, and obtain biopsies of tissue if necessary.

If you are having an endoscopy your doctor will give you specific instructions to prepare. This may include not eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your procedure. Because of the anesthesia, you should not drive after the procedure and avoid drinking alcohol and making critical decisions during the day of the procedure.

Preparing For Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

If you are having an endoscopy your doctor will give you specific instructions to prepare. This may include not eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your procedure. Because of the anesthesia, you should not drive after the procedure and avoid drinking alcohol and making critical decisions during the day of the procedure.

Most people may resume regular eating after endoscopy. You will be given specific instructions from your doctor if needed. After your endoscopy, you may have a sore or irritated throat for a few days.

After Your Procedure

Most people may resume regular eating after endoscopy. You will be given specific instructions from your doctor if needed. After your endoscopy, you may have a sore or irritated throat for a few days.

If you will be having an endoscopy, consider asking your doctor the following before your procedure:

  • Is there any special preparation for the procedure?
  • What will it feel like during the procedure? Afterward?
  • Should I bring someone with me for transportation?
  • Are there limitations to activities after the procedure?

Questions to Ask Your Provider About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

If you will be having an endoscopy, consider asking your doctor the following before your procedure:

  • Is there any special preparation for the procedure?
  • What will it feel like during the procedure? Afterward?
  • Should I bring someone with me for transportation?
  • Are there limitations to activities after the procedure?

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