What is a EUS?
Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) is procedure where an ultrasound probe is at the tip of an endoscope. This allows examination of your esophageal and stomach linings as well as the walls of your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. EUS is also used to study other organs that are near the gastrointestinal tract, including the lungs, liver, gall bladder and pancreas. A needle can be inserted through the scope that allows material to be collected for pathological analysis from the linings of the upper GI tract or organs just outside the upper GI tract.
What does a EUS Involve?
In preparation for your EUS, you be given dietary instructions and will arrive fasting for the procedure, no bowel cleaning is necessary prior to this procedure. After you arrive at the outpatient endoscopy center or the hospital where the procedure will be performed, an IV will be inserted. Through that IV, you will be given a sedating medicine; this will allow you to remain comfortable during the procedure. Throughout the procedure you will be closely monitored. Monitoring of your lungs and heart will also take place throughout the procedure to ensure your safety.
At the time of the procedure, the physician may take pictures, biopsies, or other interventions depending on the findings during the procedure and the initial reason for the exam.
How Long Does an Upper Endoscopy Take?
An EUS usually takes about 30-40 minutes. Patients typically wake up feeling comfortable. The sensation of bloating or fullness following the procedure is common.
Due to the use of the sedating medicine, you will need a driver on the day of your procedure and are instructed to rest for the remainder of the day afterwards.