Endoscopy is relatively safe and quick to carry out. Millions of it are performed every year, but it is still important to prepare for the procedure to ensure that it goes smoothly. Your doctor may give you specific instructions on what to do, but here some general tips that should help you get ready if you are scheduled to undergo an endoscopy:
Familiarize Yourself with the Procedure
Endoscopy involves inserting a long, thin tube directly into a person’s body. The objective of the procedure is to take a detailed look at an internal organ or tissue. A doctor may order an upper GI endoscopy through Revere Health-GI Connect, for example, to investigate a suspected peptic ulcer or to evaluate symptoms such as vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain.
The procedure will not require you to stay in the hospital overnight. It usually takes only around an hour to complete. Endoscopies are typically performed while the patient is conscious. You may be sedated to help you relax during the procedure.