Upper GI endoscopy is a procedure used to visually examine your upper digestive system with a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube. A gastroenterologist uses an endoscopy to diagnose and, sometimes, treat conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine (duodenum). A typical investigation lasts for 10-15 min.
HOW TO PREPARE
Preparation for gastroscopy involves an 8 hour fast. In most cases you can have sips of water up to 4 hours before the procedure.
In case you take antiplatelet-anticoagulant drugs (Aspirin, Salospir, Plavix, Iscover, Sintrom, Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis), you will need to call in advance because these drugs may have to be stopped or substituted.
If you are treated for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart or lung disease you will be provided with specific instructions for modification or cessation of your medications.
Please avoid colored nails as they may interfere with patient monitoring devices.
AFTER THE TEST
Once the procedure is performed, you will stay in the office for about 20 minutes prior to being informed of the findings. Since you will have received intravenous sedation, it is recommended that you are accompanied by another person and refrain from driving for 6 hours. Biopsy results are available after 5-7 days.