Preparing for the Procedure:
When you arrive in the unit, your child will most likely be evaluated by a Child Life Specialist and the nursing staff. Each child and family has unique concerns that we want to understand. This information will enable our staff to find ways to support your child and you during the procedure. The physician who will be doing the procedure, as well as the anesthesiologist, will speak with you and your child before the procedure and answer any questions. A nurse will be with your child throughout the procedure and recovery. Your child will receive medicine by an anesthesiologist by either breathing through a mask or getting medication through an intravenous tube. Your child will be asleep during this procedure.
What is an Upper Endoscopy?
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose conditions in the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine. It is performed by a specially trained pediatric endoscopist. An endoscope, or scope, is a thin, flexible tube with a lens and a light source at the end, which allows images to be sent to a monitor for close inspection of the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
The endoscopist then passes a scope through the mouth and into the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach, carefully evaluating the lining of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (beginning of the small intestine) for ulcers, inflammation and growths. The endoscopist will take a small tissue sample, or biopsy, to test for abnormal cells. The procedure typically requires 15 to 20 minutes.
What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a generally safe and painless procedure that takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. During the procedure, a pediatric gastroenterologist (a doctor who specializes in identifying and treating gastrointestinal diseases) uses a colonoscope to see the entire colon. When your child is asleep, the endoscopist passes the colonoscope, a long flexible tube into the rectum and advances it through the large intestine. The doctor usually takes biopsies – a small tissue sample – through the instrument. The tissue sample will be sent to the lab for further testing.
- Colonoscopy Prep Sheet: Infant to 12 months (pdf)
- Colonoscopy Prep Sheet: Ages one to three (pdf)
- Colonoscopy Prep Sheet: Ages three to ten (pdf)
- Colonoscopy Prep Sheet: Ages ten to adult (pdf)
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