Digestive discomforts like heartburn, stomach upset, acid reflux and painful gas could be symptoms of serious medical problems. If you have questions about your digestive health, but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a digestive health assessment and learn more about conditions you may have.
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Your doctor may order an endoscopy to visually examine an organ. An endoscope is a flexible tube with an attached camera that allows your doctor to see. An endoscope’s lighted camera allows your doctor to view potential problems without a large incision. It is typically inserted through an opening in the body such as the mouth. A screen in the operating room lets the doctor see exactly what the endoscope sees.
Your doctor will give you complete instructions on how to prepare for your endoscopy. Most types of endoscopy require you to fast before the procedure, but your doctor will clarify this.
Prior to the endoscopy, your doctor will do a physical examination and go over your complete medical history, including any prior surgeries. Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements, and also alert your doctor about any allergies you might have. You may need to stop taking certain medications if they might affect bleeding.
You must plan to have someone else to drive you home after the procedure due to the anesthesia.
Most visits last about three hours depending on the type of procedure. During your visit, our staff will assist you to your private pre-op and post-op rooms. Each includes a private bathroom and television to improve your experience before and after the procedure. We will guide your family and/or friends to our waiting area for 20 – 30 minutes while we get you ready in pre-op area.
Most endoscopies are outpatient procedures. This means you can go home the same day. You may have mild discomfort after the procedure, and the medication may take a while to wear off. It’s wise to take time off work and to avoid making important life decisions until you’re completely recovered.