An endoscopy is recommended for patients with symptoms of swallowing problems, upper abdominal pain, nausea, and/or digestive tract bleeding.
What is an Endoscopy?
One of the most effective tools of the trade, an endoscope is a long, thin, flexible camera that lets gastroenterologists view your digestive tract. An endoscopy is a simple, nonsurgical procedure that can be performed with or without general anesthesia.
Common Symptoms Requiring an Endoscopy
- Stomach pain
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Upper abdominal pain
- Swallowing difficulty
Common Conditions Requiring an Endoscopy
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Celiac disease
How to Prepare for an Endoscopy
Patients must fast for six hours prior to the procedure. Please visit our Prep Instructions Page to learn how to prepare for the procedure.
Although it is a non-surgical procedure, patients are generally given IV sedation. During the procedure, the gastroenterologist will insert an endoscope into the mouth and move it slowly down into the stomach. The entire examination lasts 30 minutes. After the test, your provider will discuss with you the findings of the examination. If you received IV sedation, you will not be allowed to drive or return to work afterward. A responsible adult will need to take you home.