An endoscopy is a procedure that allows a gastroenterologist to look at the inside of the gastrointestinal tract using an endoscope – a tube-like camera that is passed through an opening of the gastrointestinal tract (mouth or anus). It allows a gastroenterologist to take pictures, perform biopsies (taking tissue samples), stop bleeding, and even remove foreign objects.
An endoscopy is performed to discover reasons for problems that include:
The Division’s pediatric gastroenterologists work closely with pediatric anesthesiologists to determine the best method for your child to undergo the procedure. Your child’s anesthesiologist will determine if he or she will have general anesthesia or conscious sedation (a type of sedation in which the individual has an altered level of consciousness but can respond to verbal directions). In either case, your child will not experience pain during the procedure.
Typically a colonoscopy and endoscopy are performed as outpatient procedures and do not require an overnight hospital stay. A colonoscopy can take from 30 to 60 minutes; an endoscopy can take 15 to 30 minutes. The procedure time is typically longer depending on the amount of time it takes for your child to fall asleep and wake up.
Most patients are fully awake and drinking clear liquids 30 minutes after the procedure. Although many patients may be able to tolerate full meals, we recommend a light lunch and dinner for the rest of the day. Your child should be able to return to school the next day.
The potential risks of an endoscopy should be discussed with your physician before you sign a consent form. If a biopsy has been performed, results are usually ready one week after the procedure. Please call our office, and at that time, your child’s physician may also recommend an adjustment or initiation of medication.
Robbyn E. Sockolow, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Capsule Endoscopy, Constipation, Digestive Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Pediatric Nutritional Disorders, Nutrition, GERD, Gastrointestinal Disorders
Elaine Barfield, MD Pediatric Gastroenterology, Abdominal Pain, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Constipation, Celiac Disease, Jaundice, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Feeding Problems, Congenital Esophageal Defects, Esophageal Strictures, Congenital Anorectal Defects
Kimberley A. Chien, MD Pediatric Gastroenterology, Obesity, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Functional Bowel Disorder, Celiac Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux, Constipation, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Food Allergy, Feeding Disorders, Colonoscopy
Thomas Ciecierega, MD Director, Pediatric Motility Center Esophageal/Colonic/Anorectal Motility Testing, GERD, Feeding Problems, IBS, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Constipation, Celiac Disease, ph Impedance Testing
Aliza Solomon, DO Pediatric Gastroenterology, Metabolism, Constipation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
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