Location Map FAQ
St. Maarten Medical Center
Our goal is to be clear and understandable to you regarding your care. We hope that you never hesitate to ask questions during or about your treatment, even after you have returned to your home. If you still have questions, concerns or need any extra information, please feel free to address your question to any of our staff in the Endoscopy Department
A gastro scope is a flexible fiber optic tube with a light and camera, that is attached to a computer and screen. The gastro scope is to examine the esophagus (food pipe) , stomach, and upper part of the intestine.
Preparation is discussed with your gastroenterologist and includes:
If a biopsy is performed this will be send to the laboratory.
The nurse will observe you until the sedative wears off. You then can get dressed in your normal clothes in the adjoining bathroom.
You will be advised not to drive a car.
The follow up plan is discussed with the patient and accompanying person.
You will be requested to return to the gastroenterologist office on a later date for biopsy results.
Because of the numbing of the throat there is a risk of choking when you drink fluids. You will be advised to wait with drinking until an hour after the procedure to allow the medication to wear off.
You may feel a sore throat for a day or two afterwards.