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What is upper endoscopy? Upper endoscopy is a routine, outpatient procedure in which the inside of the upper digestive system is examined.


Endoscopy is most commonly used to help identify the causes of abdominal or chest pain, nausea and/or vomiting, heartburn or swallowing disorders. An Endoscopy can also help identify inflammation, tumors and ulcers.



What happens during the procedure? During the procedure, your physician will use an endoscope (a long, thin, flexible instrument about 1/2 inch in diameter) to examine the inside of the upper digestive system.


Abnormalities can be treated through the endoscope and can be identified and removed for analysis if required. Procedures such as stretching narrowed areas, removing objects or treating upper digestive track bleeding can also be performed.


You will receive a preparation kit which contains full instructions.


Eating and drinking before the procedure: An endoscopy requires that you have an empty stomach before the procedure. Please do not eat any solid food for 8 hours before the procedure. You may drink clear liquids up until 2 hours before the procedure. Clear liquids include items such as clear broth, black coffee, black tea, apple juice, ginger ale, 7UP, etc.


Transportation & help after the procedure: You will need to bring a responsible person with you to accompany you home after the procedure. You should not drive or operate machinery for at least 8 hours after the procedure. The sedation given during the procedure may cause drowsiness, dizziness and/or impair your judgment, making it unsafe for you to drive or operate machinery.



Insurance: We accept most insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid, many commercial insurances and many others. If you have questions about your insurance we can help.

Bilingual staff and interpreters are available for our Spanish-speaking patients.

Specialty referrals are available on-site.


Quincy Valley Medical Center
908 Tenth Avenue Southwest  Quincy, WA 98848
Tel: (509) 787-3531  |  Fax: (509) 787-2016


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