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GERD – Test Overview

November 30, 2020


Time for the test. The physician will go through what we’ve referred to as an informed consent. They’ll tell you that this upper endoscopy is a fairly safe test. And normally what takes place is that the physicians will give you medication to help you relax. You’ll be laying on your left side. Okay. You’ll probably have some supplemental oxygen to help you maintain your breathing throughout the test. And then while you’re in a form of twilight sleep, they’ll introduce the scope through a bite block. Okay. Which is used to protect your teeth and to protect the scope. And they’ll ask you to gently swallow the scope. Now, under direct vision, they’ll look at the lining of your esophagus and they can see if you have any inflammation or ulcerations. An ulcer is like a break or a sore in the lining of the esophagus. They’ll examine your esophagus. They’ll examine your stomach and the first part of your small intestine. Now this entire process takes place anywhere from about 10 to 15 minutes.

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