This is an investigative procedure used to inspect and photograph the inside of the esophagus, abdomen or stomach. It is performed in patients demonstrating a wide variety of symptoms, such as: reflux, heartburn, bleeding and sputum production and helps your doctor to determine the cause of these symptoms.
The procedure is performed by passing a soft flexible fiber-optic tube (called an endoscope) through the mouth down into the interior of the stomach. Biopsies may be taken during the procedure. You will be asleep for the procedure (under a general anesthetic).
This is a day procedure, which allows you to come into the hospital and go home on the same day. The scope usually takes about half-an-hour and carries with it minor risks of bleeding and infection aside from the risks associated with anesthesia. There is also a very small risk of the scope creating a hole (perforation). This may be serious and need surgery to fix. Because you are given sedation, you must have a ride home. Please note that a taxi, UBER or public transit is not acceptable
Your support persons may wait in the Ambulatory Treatment Centre on the 4th floor Endoscopy Unit in the Medical Arts Building until after the procedure is over and the patient it out of the recovery room. The hospital times vary with each patient and nursing staff, however you can expect to be in the hospital for majority of the day. You must have a friend of relative present to take you home in order to be discharged from the hospital.
You will have a return appointment scheduled with your surgeon, Dr. Toth, Dr. Privitera, or Dr. Kavanagh to discuss the results of the procedure. This is usually about 1-2 weeks after your procedure. Please call our office if you are experiencing any excessive bleeding, swelling, discharge or liquid dysphagia (difficulty swallowing liquids), or if you have a high fever and are suffering escalating pain.