To undergo an endoscopic procedure, you need to plan in advance so that you are prepared on the day of your scheduled exam. We want you to have the safest, best quality exam possible and being prepared ahead of time makes that possible. The instructions for getting prepared for each procedure are listed below. A staff member will contact you by phone in advance to review your medical history, go over the list of medications that you may be taking, review the instructions and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
Undergoing a colonoscopy is a safe procedure that can be performed as an outpatient endoscopy facility in most cases. After taking the cleansing preparation the day before the test, you will come to the endoscopy center and be checked in. After you have been prepared, you will be brought into the procedure room for the examination. While you are lying on your left side, the anesthesia specialist will give you an intravenous medication to be sure you are asleep and comfortable during the procedure. The gastroenterologist will use a colonoscope, a narrow fiber-optic device equipped with a video camera to carefully examine the lining of the colon. If polyps are identified, they will be removed at that time. If inflammation or any abnormality is identified, small samples of tissue, biopsies, may be obtained. The procedure usually takes15-45 minutes in most cases.
The rectum and the lower colon can be examined with a short fiberoptic video device. The lining of the colon is examined looking for polyps, inflammation and hemorrhoids. Biopsies may be taken and polyps can be removed. Because only a relatively short segment of the colon is examined, sedation is usually not required.
Having an upper endoscopy is a safe procedure that can be performed as an outpatient endoscopy facility in most cases. You will be asked to not eat or drink anything for 4 hours before the test. After you brought back to the procedure room, you will be asked to lie on your left side. A protective guard will be placed to protect your teeth. Then the anesthesia specialist will give you an intravenous medication to be sure you are asleep and comfortable during the procedure. The specialist will insert a small flexible fiberoptic video scope and carefully advance it to visualize the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. If inflammation or any abnormality is identified, small samples of tissue, biopsies, may be obtained. Sometimes narrowing of the esophagus, a stricture, may be enlarged with special instruments. The procedure usually takes 10-20 minutes.