Endoscopy is a broad term that encompasses non-surgical procedures performed using a flexible tube (endoscope) with a lighted camera. Digestive health providers can view the lining of your GI tract either through the scope or on a video monitor. There are several types of endoscopic procedures used by gastroenterologists today.
Doctors often recommend endoscopy to evaluate:
- Stomach pain or gastritis
- Changes in bowel habits (chronic constipation or diarrhea)
- Polyps or growths in the colon
The course you take to prepare for your endoscopy will depend on your gastroenterologist and the type of procedure, but in general, patients should prepare to:
- Arrange for a ride, as many endoscopic procedures involve sedation and driving is not allowed for 24 hours following the test
- Cleanse the bowel beforehand
To view Northeast Digestive Health Center's complete endoscopy prep instructions, click here.