An upper endoscopy is a procedure where the doctor inserts a thin flexible tube (endoscope) into your mouth through the esophagus (food tube) and stomach. The procedure itself is very short. You will swallow the scope gently down your food tube and still be able to breath.
Most people have no discomfort. We offer two types of sedation: Conscious and Heavy Sedation. Both sedations work very quickly through an IV (intravenous) in your arm and both wear off very quickly.
Conscious/moderate sedation means that a medication is given through the catheter (tube) inserted into your vein. This medication may help you feel relaxed, sleepy and will lessen your discomfort. You may be able to respond to the staff and follow directions. You may not remember the procedure.
Heavy sedation means medication is given through a catheter (tube) inserted into your vein. An anesthesiologist will administer the medications. This medication will make you calm, ease your pain, and put you to sleep. You will not remember the procedure.
You may eat as you normally would however:
NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING UNTIL AFTER YOUR VISIT.
DIABETICS: DO NOT take your diabetic pills this morning, but please DO test your blood sugar.
Please arrive 5112 West Taft Rd., Suite E. Check with your doctor for the time you should arrive