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ENDOSCOPY

PREPARING FOR AN ENDOSCOPY

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is an endoscopic procedure that allows your doctor to examine your esophagus, stomach and duodenum (part of your small intestine). EGD is performed with an endo-scope entering the mouth and ending at the small intestine. At this time a clear view of the inside of the body is viewed.

STEPS TO BOOKING:

  1. Obtain a referral form from your physician

  2. Book an appointment with our office

  3. If you are using insurance (Present insurance card)

MEET THE ANESTHESIOLOGIST

  • Consultation booking

  • Laboratory and imaging test completed

  • Preoperative questionnaire

   

THE DAY BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE:

  • Fast 12 hours prior to the procedure 

  • 24 hour bowel preparation clear liquid diet (coconut water (no pulp), gatorade, chicken broth, etc...)

  • Remember to leave all valuables at home (jewelry, money, etc...)

  • Refrain from smoking and use of alcoholic beverages

  • Shower the morning of the procedure 

SURGERY TIMELINE:

  • Patient assessment about 30 minutes after check in

  • Anesthesia takes about 15 minutes

  • Scoping/Examination time is about 15-30 minutes 

  • Recovery requires 30-45 minutes

  • Upon clearance by the doctor the patient is released

RESULTS TIMELINE:

  • Specimen taken to the laboratory by the patient (If necessary)

  • Post operative guidelines given

  • Follow-up care (If necessary)

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

BENEFITS: 

  • The doctor sees a clear picture of what is going on inside

  • Some problems can be treated during the procedure eg. removal of polyps, etc...

  • Tissue samples can be taken for biopsy

POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS & RISK:

  • Bloating, gas, or cramping for air used to inflate the stomach and small intestine during the procedure

  • coughing or breathing difficulty if the stomach isn't completely empty 

  • Stomach or intestine wall injury(very rare),which can cause infection, bleeding, and possibly need for a repair surgery 

  • Reaction to sedatives or numbing anesthetics

  • Although the risks and complications may occur only very rarely they do sometimes occur and cannot be predicted or prevented by the physician