What Is An Upper Endoscopy?
An upper endoscopy is a procedure where the doctor inserts a thin flexible tube (endoscope) into your mouth through the esophagus (food tube) and stomach. The procedure itself is very short. You will swallow the scope gently down your food tube and still be able to breath.
How Do I Feel After My Endoscopy?
- Many people do not remember the procedure and have no discomfort.
- Generally, you can eat and drink after your procedure.
- You will learn the findings of your upper endoscopy before you leave. Any biopsies taken will be sent to the lab and results will be given to you in about 14 days.
Is It Going To Hurt?
Most people have no discomfort. We offer two types of sedation: Conscious and Heavy Sedation. Both sedations work very quickly through an IV (intravenous) in your arm and both wear off very quickly.
means that a medication is given through the catheter (tube) inserted into your vein. This medication may help you feel relaxed, sleepy and will lessen your discomfort. You will be able to respond to the staff and follow directions. You may not remember the procedure.
means medication is given through a catheter (tube) inserted into your vein. An anesthesiologist will administer the medications. This medication will make you calm, ease your pain, and put you to sleep. You will not remember the procedure.
Three Days Before Your Procedure
- STOP all aspirin, iron, ibuprofen, (NSAIDS) and blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix, Aggrenox). Tylenol is ok.
- Make sure that you have a ride and a driver to stay during your visit. An adult will have to drive you home — you should not drive for 12 hours after you receive sedation.
The Day Before Your Procedure
You may eat as you normally would however:
NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT
The Day Of Your Procedure
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING UNTIL AFTER YOUR VISIT.
- Please take only blood pressure, breathing, seizure, & thyroid medications this morning, and only with small sips of water.
- Bring your Inhalers (puffers) with you to the procedure.
DIABETICS: DO NOT take your diabetic pills this morning, but please DO test your blood sugar.
Please arrive 5112 West Taft Rd., Suite E. Check with your doctor for the time you should arrive
- Parking for patients is located on the North Medical Center side of our building.
- Drivers need to stay in the waiting area until you are ready to go home.
- You will need to bring photo ID, insurance cards, and list of your medications.
- Please leave all valuables at home.
Please feel free to call us a (315) 452-3235 with any question or concerns.