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An endoscopy (en-DAW-scuh-pee) is a way for doctors to look inside the upper part of the digestive system. This part carries food to the stomach and the first part of the intestines. It is an important area of the body, and your child’s doctor might need to see it and treat it.

How is an endoscopy done?

An endoscopy is done in a hospital or clinic. You may stay in a waiting area while your child has the procedure. We will give them medicines to help them relax and make them sleepy, so they do not feel discomfort. They might even sleep through the procedure.

The doctor puts a thin, flexible tube into your child’s mouth and down into their stomach. The tube has a light on the end that helps the doctor see. They can also take pictures and put small instruments through the tube if needed.

 An endoscopy takes 15 or 20 minutes. Relaxing and deep breathing makes the procedure easier. The tube does not block your child’s breathing.

Getting ready for an endoscopy

Your child’s doctor needs to be able to see everything as clearly as possible. So, your child should not eat or drink anything for 8 hours before the procedure. Babies less than one (1) year should not eat or drink for 6 hours before the test.

Where to go for your endoscopy

Please go to Patient Registration first to pick up a patient identification armband and your child’s schedule. Then you and your child should go to the “pre-op” area.

Please arrive in the pre-op area at ________a.m./p.m.

Directions to the pre-op area

Go to the Chili’s Care Center lobby. Take the elevator next to the Diagnostic Imaging waiting room to Floor 2. Turn right when you get off the elevator, and go through the double doors to the end of the hall. The last door on the right is the pre-op area. Please ring the doorbell.

What happens after the endoscopy?

Your child’s doctor will talk with you. Your child needs to stay at the hospital or clinic for a short time so we can make sure they are OK before they go home.

Your child’s throat might feel numb for about one (1) hour. Avoid letting your child eat or drink during this time. It might be dangerous because your child cannot feel the food or liquid.

Your child might also have difficulty keeping their balance after an endoscopy. They should not drive after the test, if they are old enough to drive. The medicines they had for the procedure make it dangerous to drive.


Call the St. Jude GI Clinic at 901-595-5372, Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before or after these hours, or on weekends and holidays, call the St. Jude Medicine Room at 901-595-2441.


This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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