How is a endoscopic ultrasound performed?

How is a endoscopic ultrasound performed?

During EUS your doctor passes a thin, flexible tube (endoscope) through your mouth and through your digestive tract. A small ultrasound device (transducer) in the tube produces sound waves that create a precise image of surrounding tissue, including lymph nodes in the chest. The endoscope is then gradually withdrawn.

What is sigmoidoscopy procedure?

Your doctor may recommend a sigmoidoscopy to explore possible causes for abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, changes in bowel habits, chronic diarrhea and other intestinal problems. The procedure allows your doctor to check for inflammation, ulcers, abnormal tissue, polyps or cancer.

How long does a endoscopic ultrasound procedure take?

EUS uses a special endoscope with an ultrasound probe attached. Our doctors use EUS to evaluate and diagnose upper and lower digestive tract disorders. EUS takes approximately one to two hours and you can return home when it is finished.

Are you put to sleep for an EUS?

It will make you lightly drowsy and relaxed but will not put you to sleep. You are likely to be aware of what is going on around you and will be able to follow simple instructions during the examination. We will monitor your breathing and heart rate during the examination.

How long does it take to get the results of an endoscopy?

The results of biopsies or cytology usually take 72-96 hours and the doctor may only give the patient a presumptive diagnosis pending the definitive one, after the microscopic examination of the biopsies.

Can an endoscopy detect pancreas problems?

Endoscopy (ERCP) Endoscopy can show blockages or swelling in the pancreatic ducts and allows the doctor to judge whether these problems are caused by cancer or not. During the procedure, doctors can also take samples of the tissue or fluid to help them find out if you have cancer. This is called a biopsy.

How painful is a sigmoidoscopy?

A sigmoidoscopy can cause mild discomfort. You may feel a strong urge to have a bowel movement when the tube is inserted. You may also have brief muscle spasms or lower belly pain during the test. Taking deep breaths while the tube is being inserted may help decrease any pain.

How long does it take to recover from an EUS?

What happens after an endoscopic ultrasound? After the procedure you will be taken to a recovery area where you will wake up from the sedative and rest. Doctors will continue monitoring your vital signs during this period. The recovery period can take between 20 minutes to an hour.