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Upper GI Endoscopy

Why am I having this study?

During an Upper GI Endoscopy, a tube with a light (gastroscope) is passed through the mouth into the stomach and the first part of the small bowel.  This test allows the doctor to look at the lining of the stomach and bowel for abnormalities.  Often a small piece of tissue (biopsy) is taken for testing.

What can I expect?

The procedure will be performed while you lie on a stretcher. The nurse will monitor your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. You will be given an IV and relaxing medications.  When you are sedated, the gastroscope is carefully advanced, and the doctor will look at your esophagus.  You may feel cramping or gas due to the air the doctor is putting into the stomach, however, most people do not recall any of the test because of the effect of the sedation.

What should I do to prepare?

Your physician will give you preprocedure instructions.

You will receive a telephone call from the nurse, who will ask you questions about what medications you are taking and your medical history. Please do not have anything to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the test. If you are on heart or blood pressure medications you will need to check with your physician and let him decide if you should take these the morning of the exam.

Additionally, dentures or partial plates must be removed.

Discharge and follow-up

You will be taken to the recovery room, and you may feel drowsy and sleep for a short time. You may feel some bloating from the air put in during the procedure. Your entire visit in the center will last for approximately 2-3 hours. You will be given written instructions to follow when you get home. Due to the sedation given, you will not be able to drive for twenty-four hours.