Endoscopy Procedures (Digestive System)
What is the test?
Gastroscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to detect various abnormalities
in the esophagus, stomach, and small upper bowel, such as bleeding, chronic
heartburn (also called “reflux disease”), hiatal hernia, and ulcers. A narrow,
flexible tube with a tiny video camera at its tip is inserted through the mouth,
down the esophagus (the “swallowing tube”) and into the stomach. During the
procedure, the camera displays video images, enabling the gastroenterologist to
get a detailed look at the inside of your upper digestive tract. During this
procedure your doctor also has the ability to take small tissue samples for
biopsy. At Cayuga
we offer both adult and pediatric gastroscopy.
How do I prepare?
You may consume only clear liquids after midnight on the night before a
morning exam. At three hours prior to the exam time, you should consume nothing
more. (These instructions are for an early morning procedure and are modified
if your exam is scheduled for late morning or afternoon.) If you are taking
aspirin or blood thinners, talk with your doctor about the possible need to
discontinue them prior to your gastroscopy.
Since you will be under mild sedation during the exam, you must bring a
friend or family member with you to review the test results and discharge
instructions, and to drive you home after the exam. Please make arrangements
ahead of time for transportation. If you need to use taxi or bus service for
transportation, you must be accompanied by a family member or friend. We
require this because the sedation you will receive prior to the gastroscopy
remains in your system and can slow your reaction times. You will be mildly
sedated and should not drive for 12 hours following the procedure. Sedation can
also make people forgetful so plan the rest of your day accordingly.
Sedation can also make people forgetful, so plan the rest of your day
What can I expect during the procedure?
Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your procedure. Once you arrive in the
Endoscopy Department, a nurse will take your health history and blood pressure,
and the doctor will answer any questions you have about the exam. You may
receive an intravenous sedative to make you drowsy. The physician will then
introduce the endoscope through your mouth and will advance it slowly into the
esophagus and, if necessary, into the stomach. The procedure itself lasts from
5 to 20 minutes, and you should plan to spend a total of 1-2 hours in the medical
How and when will I get my test results?
After your exam, you will be moved to the recovery area of the Endoscopy
Department until you are fully awake and meet certain discharge criteria. Your
physician will discuss the results with you and your companion and send a
report to your primary care provider. Your companion should drive you home. You
may resume eating soon after your procedure.
is the test performed?
Gastroscopy is performed at Cayuga Medical Center
at 101 Dates Drive, off NYS Route 96 in Ithaca,
and at Surgicare, which is located at Convenient Care at Ithaca,
off Warren Road