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What can be expected during the upper endoscopy? PDF Print E-mail

Your doctor will review with you why upper endoscopy is being performed, whether any alternative tests are available, and possible complications from the procedure. After reviewing the procedure with you, the physician will ask you to sign a standard consent form.  This authorizes your doctor to perform the test.  Please read this and be sure you understand it to your satisfaction.  Be sure you have all your questions and concerns answered by the doctor before signing it.  Practices may vary among doctors, but you may have your throat sprayed with a local anesthetic before the test begins and may be given medication through a vein to help you relax during the test. While you are in a comfortable position on your side, the endoscope is passed through the mouth and then in turn through the esophagus; stomach; and duodenum. The endoscope does not interfere with your breathing during the test. Most patients consider the test to be only slightly uncomfortable and many patients fall asleep during the procedure.