Your doctor will give you specific instructions to follow to prepare for your upper endoscopy. An empty stomach allows for the best and safest examination; your doctor will instruct you when you need to stop eating and drinking.
You will lie on your left side and your doctor will place a bite block in your mouth to protect your teeth and from biting the scope. An intravenous (IV) sedation is used during an upper endoscopy. Once the sedation takes effect, your doctor will pass flexible scope into your mouth. The doctor may advance the scope into the beginning of your small intestine and then slowly withdraw while looking at the images on a screen. Biopsies may be taken and any specimens will be sent to the lab for analysis. This procedure usually takes up to 15 minutes.
Immediately following your procedure, you will spend time resting in the recovery room for at least 30 minutes. You may feel bloated due to air insertion during your procedure; passing the air will help relieve the discomfort. Once you are fully awake, your nurse will give you juice. Your doctor will speak to you regarding the procedure results.
If a biopsy was taken, your doctor may have you call their office or make a follow up appointment to review the biopsy results.
You should be able to resume normal activity the next day. Your recovery nurse will review your discharge instructions and your daily medications.
You will receive a call from a nurse at our center the day after your procedure to see how you are feeling. Feel free to ask any questions at this time.