Testing and Treatment for Gastrointestinal Conditions
An endoscopy is a safe outpatient procedure we use to diagnose and treat problems in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, also known as your digestive tract. Some of the many symptoms that may lead your doctor to recommend an endoscopy include:
- Chronic constipation
- Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining)
- Stomach pain
Our team of gastroenterology providers at Baystate Health is here to help. We’ll make sure you have the information and care you need before, during, and after your endoscopy.
What to Expect During Your Endoscopy
Your doctor will give you instructions on how to prepare for your endoscopy. These instructions will vary based on the type of endoscopy you will have. Make sure you understand your instructions and follow them closely. This will help ensure that your procedure goes smoothly. Depending on your procedure, your preparation may include:
Adjusting what medications you take
- Fasting the day before your procedure
- Taking a laxative the night before (for lower endoscopies)
You will either be sedated (light anesthesia) or be under general anesthesia during your endoscopy. This will help you relax and be comfortable. You will need a responsible adult with you to drive you home after your procedure.
During an upper endoscopy, your doctor will insert a long, flexible tube called an endoscope through your mouth. Your doctor will then pass the tube into your stomach and the upper part of your digestive tract. During a lower endoscopy, your doctor will insert the endoscope through the rectum and into your colon (large intestine).
Depending on the type of endoscopy you’re having, your doctor may use soft air pressure to inflate your digestive tract. We will use a tiny camera on the endoscope to take pictures and video of your digestive tract. Your doctor may use small surgical tools through the endoscope to take tissue samples (biopsy) or to remove any abnormal tissue or growths (polyps) during your procedure.
Afterward, we’ll take you to a recovery area. You may feel groggy or tired while your sedation wears off. Once you’re ready, you can go home. You should relax for the rest of the day after your endoscopy, but you should be able to resume your normal activities the next day.
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Our Endoscopy Procedures
There are five common types of endoscopies that we offer: