Endoscopy is a procedure that enables your doctor to examine the inside of your child’s gastrointestinal tract, such as the esophagus (food pipe), stomach, and intestines, using an instrument called an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light and miniature video camera. It goes into the body through a natural opening such as the mouth or anus.
The endoscopy camera projects onto a monitor and allows your doctor to see the inside of your child’s gastrointestinal tract. Your doctor can take tiny pieces of tissue (biopsy) through the endoscope for examination under a microscope. Together with the images seen at the time of the endoscopy, your doctor can determine the cause of your child’s digestive problems. Pediatric gastroenterologists are specially trained to perform endoscopy on children and interpret the results.
Preparing for your child’s endoscopy
Mount Sinai’s pediatric gastrointestinal office will give you specific instructions to prepare your child for the endoscopy. “Meet Me at Mount Sinai” is a program offered through our Child Life Department to prepare children for medical procedures. For information on this program, please call 212-241-9403.
Children scheduled for an endoscopy need to fast (have nothing to eat or drink) for several hours before the procedure. Children having a lower endoscopy/colonoscopy will need to follow a special diet and take specific bowel cleansing preparations prior to the procedure to clean their bowel of stool. This enables your doctor to see clearly inside the gastrointestinal tract. The preparation will be tailored specifically to your child and will be explained to you before the procedure takes place.
Having the endoscopy
The Mount Sinai Endoscopy Suite is located at 1184 Fifth Avenue in New York City, on the seventh floor. Once you register at the reception desk, you and your child will be seen by the pediatric gastroenterology staff, a nurse from the endoscopy suite, and an anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist who sedates your child is specially trained in pediatrics, as is the nurse. Your child will be carefully monitored by doctors and nurses before, during, and after the endoscopy. You can stay with your child before and after the procedure.
Endoscopy is an outpatient procedure. Your child will not have to stay overnight in the hospital. After completion of the endoscopy, your child will be taken to the recovery room in the endoscopy suite. Upon awakening, he or she will be discharged and can go home.
We can help
Mount Sinai’s Digestive Disease Services consistently ranks in the top 10 across the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. If you have questions about your child’s endoscopy, please call us. We care, and we can make a difference.
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“Meet Me at Mount Sinai” is a program that helps parents prepare their child for endoscopy. Call 212-241-9403 for information on this program.