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Upper Endoscopy

Location of the Procedure

MetroHealth Medical Center
Endoscopy Suite
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44109

Visitor Entrance and Parking Map. From Southpoint Drive:  Park in South Garage. Take the elevator up to the bridge level. Walk through the Pedestrian Bridge.  The Endoscopy Suite is located on the right.

What is an Upper Endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy is a way to look a the inside of the esophagus (food-pipe), the stomach and the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). A thin, bending tube with a light is used. The doctor looks through this tube.

How to Prepare for an Upper Endoscopy

YOUR STOMACH MUST BE EMPTY. Before the test you should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight.  If your procedure is in the afternoon you may drink a small amount ( 6oz) of a clear liquid up to 6 hours before the test. 

Contact Your Primary Care Provider for the Following:

  • Regarding any changes or what medication should be taken on the test day.
  • If you are taking any BLOOD THINNER MEDICATIONS such as Coumadin, Heparin, Ticlid or Plavix, these may or may not be stopped before your test.
  • Diabetic Patients: Ask your doctor about diabetic medications for day before and day of the test. Please check your blood sugar before arriving for the test.

Important Notes

  • Please bring in your insurance card and medications or list of current medications.
  • Please do not wear or bring jewelry.
  • Do not wear a heavy fragrance of nail polish.

What to Expect During an Upper Endoscopy

  • Your throat may be numbed with a spray.
  • Your doctor will give you a medication through a vein to make you feel relaxed.
  • You may hear sounds around you; this is normal.
  • It is important that you lay still and not talk during the test.
  • You will lie on your left side for the test.
  • The tube will be put into your mouth and then the doctor will ask you to swallow.  This is not hard to do because the tube is small.
  • You will have no trouble with breathing.
  • A nurse will be present to assist you before, during, and after the test.

What to Expect After an Upper Endoscopy

  • After the test is done you will be moved to the recovery area of the Endoscopy unit.
  • You will rest for one hour or until the effects of the medication have worn off.
  • Your throat may feel sore for a couple of hours.
  • You may feel a fullness in your stomach because of the air used during the test. 

YOU MUST HAVE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT ACCOMPANY YOU HOME FROM THE ENDOSCOPY UNIT BECAUSE OF THE MEDICATION GIVEN. IF YOU HAVE AN AFTERNOON APPOINTMENT, WE EXPECT YOUR RESPONSIBLE ADULT TO REMAIN IN THE WAITING ROOM DURING YOUR PROCEDURE. YOUR PROCEDURE WILL BE RESCHEDULED IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT.

A responsible adult should remain with you for the next 24 hours. If using MetroHealth transportation, a cab, or public transportation you must still have a responsible adult with you and remain with you for the next 24 hours.

Your appointment is on:    _______________      Arrival Time:  ____________________

Please call (216) 778-5381 Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM for scheduling questions or questions regarding the procedure or preparation.

After hours, please contact The MetroHealth line at (216) 778-7878. The MetroHealth line is open 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays.

WE MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO MAINTAIN OUR SCHEDULE; HOWEVER, IT IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE.  SOME PROCEDURES MAY TAKE LONGER THAN OTHERS AND OUR CASES ARE SCHEDULED TO FOLLOW ONE ANOTHER.   WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY DELAYS.

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