What Parents Need to Know

What is an Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a procedure that enables your doctor to examine the inside of your child’s digestive tract (esophagus (food pipe), stomach, intestines). To do this, gastrointestinal experts use an instrument called an endoscope—a thin, flexible tube with a light and miniature video camera.

The endoscope is inserted into the body through a natural opening such as the mouth or anus, and the camera sends a video image to a monitor that allows your doctor to see the inside of your child’s gastrointestinal tract.

About the Endoscopic Procedure

Preparing properly for the exam is important to provide the gastroenterologist with a clear view inside the digestive tract. We tailor prep instructions specifically to the needs of your child.

To learn more about preparing your child for this or other medical procedures and to arrange a pre-admission tour, contact the staff at Meet Me at Mount Sinai at 212-241-9403:

  • Your child's doctor will coordinate with the Mount Sinai gastrointestinal staff to schedule the endoscopy. A staff member will provide specific preparation instructions, including details about your child's diet leading up to the procedure.
  • After registering at the reception desk, you and your child will meet with members of the pediatric gastroenterology staff and a nurse from the endoscopy suite. You will also meet the pediatric anesthesiologist who will be present to sedate your child. Our doctors and staff carefully monitor your child before, during, and after the endoscopy.
  • Endoscopy is an outpatient procedure and does not require a hospital stay. Staff will monitor your child in the recovery room and prepare for discharge after he or she wakes up.

Contact Us

For information or to make an appointment:

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Tel: 212-241-5415

Mount Sinai Endoscopy Center
Tel: 212-241-4299
1184 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10029

Meet Me at Mount Sinai is a program designed to help parents prepare their child for an endoscopy. Call 212-241-9403 for more information.