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Endoscopy

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An endoscopy is the exploration of the interior of the digestive system with the use of a flexible optical tube called “endoscope”.

The endoscopy of the upper digestive system examines the lining of the esophagus, stomach and the first portion of the small intestine.

Through the course of the exploration, and if necessary, the doctor will take small samples of tissue (biopsies) to be sent to the lab for further analysis.

The tissue extraction does not cause any pain. It is also possible to perform some treatments like dilation of the esophagus, polyp removal or removal of other objects that have been swallowed. Also treatments for ulcers and bleeding vessels via injection or electro coagulation.

Preparation

1.- The stomach should be empty, so the patient should not eat or drink (including water) 8 hours before the procedure. If the patient takes heart or high blood pressure medication, it is allowed to take the medication with very small sips of water at the usual time.

2.- Patients cannot take antacids or diabetes medication before the procedure.

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What can I expect during the exploration?

The doctor or nurse will explain the procedure and will answer any questions you have. They will provide a medical questionnaire where you will inform them of any relevant medical conditions, like: allergies to food (eggs in particular) or any allergies drugs. Additionally, the will ask you to sign an authorization document for the procedure.

The nurse will provide you with a patient gown and will request that you remove your glasses or dentures (if applicable).

Next, you will be placed in a proper and comfortable position lying on your left side; the doctor will apply a local anesthetic spray in your throat. Additionally, you will be provided with a mouth-piece to protect your teeth. Next, you will be administered an intra-venous sedative that will help you relax and fall asleep. The doctor will then proceed to introduce the endoscope through your mouth and into the throat. The endoscope does not hamper breathing or cause any pain.

The exploration last between 10 to 15 minutes.

After the study

Remain under observation for some time, up to 1 hour while the effects of the medication has been administered to him disappear. You may feel numb throat and discomfort.

You should not try to eat or drink anything until you can swallow normally. Then you can eat your usual diet unless you are instructed otherwise
You may note gases, due to the air that he breathed with the endoscope; These effects disappear quickly.

In all cases the patient must be accompanied by an adult and you will not see drive after the study. During the day it is desirable to avoid driving, operating machinery or make important decisions, as the sedation have affected their reflexes and judgment.

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What are the Risks?

1. Endoscopy can result in complications such as drug reactions, bowel perforation or bleeding. These complications are very rare (less than 1 per 1,000 scans), but may require urgent treatment or even an operation. The possibility of complications is greater when the endoscope is used to apply some treatment (Polipctomía).

2. Do not stop communicating if you have any pain or if the stools are of a black color, tar, or appears vomiting in the hours or days after endoscopy.