What is an gastroscopy/esophgogastroduodenoscopy?
This diagnostic tool evaluates the upper gastrointestional tract.
Do I have to do anything special to prepare for the test?
After midnight, do not eat, drink or take any oral medications.
Consult your doctor if you take heart medication, insulin, Ferrous
Sulfate (iron), Coumadin, Lovenox, Plavix, Aggrenox and/or Aspirin.
Where and how is the procedure done?
The procedure will be performed at Phelps Memorial Health Center as an
outpatient. The morning of the procedure, go to the hospital and make
sure you have someone to drive you home. The nurse will start an IV and
you will be given a sedative.
A topical anesthetic is sprayed on the back of your throat. The doctor
will insert the endoscope (flexible tube) in your mouth, down the
esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine,
where many ulcers occur).
Any abnormalities such as ulcers, gastris (inflammation of the lining of
the stomach) or lesions can be seen.
The stomach is then filled with just enough air to permit a survey of
its interior. Photos may be taken during the procedure. Your blood
pressure, heart rate and oxygen level will be monitored before, during
and after the procedure.
If needed, a small sample of tissue (biopsy) will be taken at that time.
What happens after the procedure?
The doctor will discuss the results and any treatments needed. You will
be monitored until you are recovered from the sedation and have met all
the discharge criteria.
If you have any questions about the procedure, contact your physician or
the outpatient surgery nurses 995-2903