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Preparing for your Endoscopy

If you are reading this then you have been booked for an Endoscopy procedure by Nottingham University Hospitals. The details of your appointment time, date and location have been sent to you by letter.

If you have any questions, have any special requirements or are unable to attend your appointment please contact the Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034 between Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00. 

Further information about the endoscopy procedure you have been booked for, and how to prepare for it, can be found below.

 

PEG

What is a PEG?

A percutaneous endoscopy gastrostomy (PEG) is a procedure to insert a feeding tube through your skin and into your stomach. 

Patients are referred for a PEG when there are concerns that they are not able to eat or drink enough in the normal way. A PEG allows the healthcare team to give patients the nutrients and fluid they need to stay alive.

What preparation is required for a PEG?

Do not eat or drink in the 6 hours before the procedure, even if you are already being fed using a tube. This is to make sure your stomach is empty so the endoscopist can have a clear view of your stomach. It will also make the procedure more comfortable. More information will be included within your appointment confirmation pack.

Further information about PEG and what to expect during the procedure can be found here:

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If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the NUH Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034.

 

The Endoscopy Admin Team are available Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00. 

EUS

What is an EUS?

An EUS (endoscopic ultrasound) is a procedure to look at the wall of your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum using a flexible telescope.

The telescope has an ultrasound scanner attached to it so that the endoscopist can scan structures beneath the lining of your intestines such as your bile ducts and pancreas.

What preparation is required for an EUS?

Do you eat anything in the 6 hours before your appointment, and only drink small sips of water. This is to make sure your stomach is empty so the endoscopist can have a clear view of your stomach. It will also make the procedure more comfortable. More information will be included within your appointment confirmation pack.

Further information about EUS and what to expect during the procedure can be found here:

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If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the NUH Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034.

 

The Endoscopy Admin Team are available Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00.

Transnasal Endoscopy

What is a Transnasal Endoscopy?

A transnasal endoscopy (often shortened to TNE) is a procedure to look at the inside of your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum using a flexible telescope.

This procedure is similar to a Gastroscopy. The main differences are that a Gastroscopy is performed through the mouth (transoral), while a transnasal endoscopy goes through the nostril using a thinner endoscope.

What preparation is required for a Transnasal Endoscopy?

Do not eat anything in the 6 hours before your appointment, and only drink small sips of water. This is to make sure your stomach is empty so the endoscopist can have a clear view of your stomach. It will also make the procedure more comfortable. More information will be included within your appointment confirmation pack.

Further information about Transnasal Endoscopy and what to expect during the procedure can be found here:

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If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the NUH Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034.

 

The Endoscopy Admin Team are available Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00. 

ERCP

What is an ERCP?

An ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) is a procedure to look for any problems in your bile duct or pancreatic duct using a flexible telescope. 

What preparation is required for an ERCP?

Do not eat anything in the 6 hours before your appointment, and only drink small sips of water. This is to make sure your stomach is empty so the endoscopist can have a clear view of your stomach. It will also make the procedure more comfortable. More information will be included within your appointment confirmation pack.

Further information about ERCP and what to expect during the procedure can be found here:

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If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the NUH Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034.

 

The Endoscopy Admin Team are available Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00.

Gastroscopy with Stent

What is a Gastroscopy with Stent?

A Gastroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum using a flexible telescope.

This procedure is sometimes known as an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy or an OGD (Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy).

Patients are referred for insertion of a stent (metal mesh tube) in the oesophagus to help make swallowing easier.

What preparation is required for a Gastroscopy with Stent?

Do not eat or drink in the 6 hours before the procedure. This is to make sure that your oesophagus and stomach are empty so that the endoscopist can have a clear view. It will also make the procedure more comfortable. More information will be included within your appointment confirmation pack.

Further information about Gastroscopy with Stent and what to expect during the procedure can be found here:

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If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the NUH Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034.

 

The Endoscopy Admin Team are available Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00. 

Gastroscopy with Dilatation

What is a Gastroscopy with Dilatation?

A Gastroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum using a flexible telescope.

This procedure is sometimes known as an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy or an OGD (Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy).

Patients are referred for dilatation when their symptoms or test results suggest that they may have a narrowing or stricture. A dilatation involves stretching the narrowed area.

What preparation is required for a Gastroscopy with Dilatation?

Do not eat anything in the 6 hours before your appointment, only drink small sips of water. This is to make sure your stomach is empty so the endoscopist can have a clear view of your stomach. It will also make the procedure more comfortable. You can continue to drink small sips of water up to 2 hours before the procedure. More information will be included within your appointment confirmation pack.

Further information about Gastroscopy with Dilatation and what to expect during the procedure can be found here:

Please insert 3.1 - UGI Dilatation - E02-English-Normal

If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the NUH Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034.

 

The Endoscopy Admin Team are available Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00. 

Gastroscopy

What is a Gastroscopy?

A Gastroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum using a flexible telescope.

This procedure is sometimes known as an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy or an OGD (Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy).

What preparation is required for a Gastroscopy?

Do not eat anything in the 6 hours before your appointment, and only drink small sips of water. This is to make sure your stomach is empty so the endoscopist can have a clear view of your stomach. It will also make the procedure more comfortable. You can continue to drink small sips of water up to 2 hours before the procedure. More information will be provided within your appointment confirmation pack.

Further information about Gastroscopy and what to expect during the procedure can be found here:

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If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the NUH Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034.

The Endoscopy Admin Team are available Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00. 

Colonoscopy

What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of your large bowel (colon) using a flexible telescope.

What preparation is required for a Colonoscopy?

You will need to follow a special diet and you will be given some laxatives to take the day before the procedure. This is to make sure your bowel is empty so the endoscopist can have a clear view. More information will be provided with your appointment confirmation pack.

Further information about Colonoscopy and what to expect during the procedure can be found here:

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If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the NUH Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034.

The Endoscopy Admin Team are available Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00. 

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

What is a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the lower part of your colon (large bowel) using a flexible telescope.

What preparation is required for a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?

You will be given some laxatives or an enema before the procedure. This is to make sure your bowel is empty so the endoscopist can have a clear view. More information will be provided within your appointment confirmation pack.

Further information about Flexible Sigmoidoscopy and what to expect during the procedure can be found here:

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If you have any questions about your appointment please contact the NUH Endoscopy Admin Team on 01159628034.

The Endoscopy Admin Team are available Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00.