If you have recently been told that you need to have an Endoscopy completed, you may be a little curious as to what all this procedure entails. West Gastroenterology Medical Group complete these procedures all the time and therefore we thought we could answer some of your more pressing questions.
- What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy is used to diagnose a number of digestive issues. Also referred at as an EGD or an upper GI, this procedure involves exploring the digestive tract with a tiny camera which is attached to a small tubing that is inserted through the mouth. Your doctor can then see what is occurring in your esophagus, stomach and the small intestine in real time on a small screen that will be set up right next to where you exam is taking place. Normally this procedure takes between 15 and 20 minutes and will not require you to unable to go home afterwards.
- Why am I being told I need an endoscopy?
When you visit your doctor and complain that you experience any of the following symptoms, an endoscopy may be suggested to you: abdominal pain, nausea, frequent heartburn or problems swallowing.
- What should I do to prep for my endoscopy?
When you know you are going to have an endoscopy, you will likely be told to avoid food or drink (other than clear liquids) after midnight the night before your procedure is to take place. Clear liquids should also be avoided once your procedure is 4 hours away or sooner. You will also need someone there to take you home after the procedure is over as you may still be experiencing drowsiness from the sedative.
Feeling better about having your endoscopy? West Gastro knows how to make this procedure fast and comfortable for our patients! Call to schedule your endoscopy with us today!