What is a Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract using an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor.
Who should get this test?
Endoscopy is usually ordered by doctors if you have these indications:
- persistent heartburn
- nausea and vomiting
- abdominal pain
- problems swallowing
- unexplained weight loss
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
THE DAY BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
- Fast before the endoscopy. You will need to stop drinking and eating four to eight hours before your endoscopy to ensure your stomach is empty for the procedure.
- Stop taking certain medications. You will need to stop taking certain blood-thinning medications in the days before your endoscopy. Blood thinners may increase your risk of bleeding if certain procedures are performed during the endoscopy. If you have chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding your medications.