When will I know the outcome of the endoscopy?
Doctors can state some of the outcomes of your procedure promptly after the endoscopy. In some cases, a biopsy or small procedure will be done during the test. Other than that, results will come within 1 week of your procedure.
Where will the procedure take place and how long will it take?
The upper GI endoscopy will most likely take place in an outpatient endoscopy center or outpatient GI unit of a hospital. It will take about 10 to 30 minutes to conduct the procedure.
What are the risks involved with the endoscopy?
Risks of an upper GI endoscopy are infrequent and typically minor (nausea, gassy discomfort, sore throat), but rarely more serious problems can occur. These include bleeding from the site where the doctor took the biopsy or removed a polyp, sometimes immediate, sometimes delayed for up to 7-10 day, perforation of the lining of your upper GI trac or an abnormal reaction to the sedative, including respiratory or cardiac problems.
What are my alternatives to this procedure?
The most common alternative to upper endoscopy is an upper GI x-ray examination utilizing barium. This examination requires that you swallow barium (a chalky liquid), and x-rays are taken. Some abnormalities of the upper gastrointestinal tract can be detected by studying these films; however, the procedure is generally recognized as not being as accurate as an upper endoscopy, and does not allow for biopsy and removal of tissue. CAT scans don’t show details of the interior of the organs the endoscope examines.