Endols

What is an Upper Endoscopy?

 

An Upper Endoscopy is a very accurate way to assess your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. Rarely lesions can be missed especially if they are found on the outside of your stomach.  Click here for more information.

 

How are you prepared?

 

Your stomach must be empty so you are required to fast prior to the procedure. No eating for 8 hours, and no drinking for 4 hours before having an Endoscopy. Medication may be taken up to 2 hours prior with a small sip of water. Click here for more information.

 

What are the alternative treatments?

 

Barium swallow, ultrasound, Capsule Endoscopy and CT scan. Click here for more information.

 

How accurate is an Endoscopy?

 

An Upper Endoscopy is a very accurate way to assess your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. Rarely lesions can be missed especially if they are found on the outside of your stomach.  Click here for more information.

 

What are the Risks of an Endoscopy?

 

Complications are very rare (less than 1:10,000 examinations).  Click here for more information.

 

Special Considerations

 

You must advise the nursing staff if you are allergic or sensitive to any drug or other substance.

Cease iron tablets 7 days before the procedure.

 

For your procedure, did you know?

 

You will be at the Centre for approximately 2-3 hours and should keep the entire day free to recover at home

We ask you to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and something warm if you feel the cold.

You should not plan air travel post procedure for 48 hours on domestic flights, and 14 days for international flights. *This also includes cruises and any travel outside of Australia*.

 

Removal of Polyps

 

Most polyps in the stomach are benign and can usually be assessed and not removed.

 

After your Endoscopy:

 

For the next twelve hours, you must :
– Not drive a motor vehicle
– Have a responsible adult to stay with you due to effects of anaesthetic used
– Avoid alcohol & the signing of any legal documents


 

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