Endoscopy in Crohn Disease (cont.)
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How do I prepare for the endoscopy procedure?
The results of endoscopic tests are useful only if the patient follow their doctor's instructions to prepare before the test. The preparations involve clearing as much stool and food residue out of the digestive tract as possible, since this material can hide signs of disease. The "bowel prep" regimen varies slightly among the different tests.
What happens during endoscopy?
During the test, the patient will lie down on an adjustable stretcher. The position will depend on the test being performed, and the techniques of the doctor performing the test. If the patient is sedated, your blood pressure and blood oxygen will be monitored.
How long does endoscopy last?
The procedure will take anywhere from about 10 to about 30 minutes, depending on the test being performed. If the patient has been sedated, they will be taken to a recovery room and monitored by nurses until they are alert enough to leave.
What are the complications of endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a very safe procedure. Like all procedures, however, it carries some risks. Complications are very rare, but they can be serious. The instrument can cause a small hole in the intestinal wall. This is called perforation. The risk of this is less than 1 in 1000. Other risks are bleeding and infection.
Before the test, patients will be asked to read and sign an informed consent. Patients should make sure they understand why the test is necessary and what the risks are. Ask the doctor if there are any questions.
Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/27/2016
Noel Williams, MD
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