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Saturday, August 13, 2022

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GI Endoscopy

Upper GI

Your Procedure

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Now it's time to talk about the actual procedure your doctor has recommended for you.

On the day of your operation, you will be asked to put on a surgical gown,
you may receive a sedative by mouth
and an intravenous line may be put in.
You will then be transferred to the operating table, and positioned comfortably on your left side.
A nurse will begin preparation by spraying a liquid anesthetic into your throat.
To help you hold your mouth open, a small mouth piece will be placed between your teeth.
To create a better viewing area, your stomach will be filled with a small quantity of air which may cause you to have a feeling of fullness.
After a few minutes, your mouth and throat will feel numb.
The doctor will then insert the endoscope into your mouth and gently guide it towards your stomach and small intestine.
To better examine abnormal-looking tissues, your doctor may choose to take one or more biopsies.
Small instruments sent through the interior of the endoscope are able to painlessly remove small samples of tissue with a small scissor like tool by simply snipping them free.
After a thorough exam,
The endoscope is carefully removed... and the support piece is taken out of your mouth.
Any tissue specimens removed during the procedure will be sent immediately to a lab for microscopic analysis. Your doctor will tell you when to expect results from those tests.

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