Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg
Gastroenterology located in Fredericksburg, VA & Stafford, VA
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is an advanced diagnostic test that allows your gastroenterologist to evaluate your upper gastrointestinal tract and the surrounding organs. This procedure requires special training; the Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg team includes three physicians with advanced EUS training. To learn more about this diagnostic test, call the office in Fredericksburg or Stafford, Virginia, or book an appointment online today.
What is endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)?
EUS is an innovative diagnostic test that combines endoscopy with ultrasound imaging to evaluate the gastrointestinal tract and surrounding organs. For the test, your gastroenterologist uses an ultrasound endoscope.
The team may perform EUS to examine the upper or lower part of your gastrointestinal tract.
EUS is an advanced diagnostic test not performed by all gastroenterologists. Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg has three physicians with EUS training.
When would I need EUS?
Your gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg talks to you about why you need EUS; they may recommend the procedure if you have unexplained abdominal pain and weight loss and your doctor has concerns you might have cancer.
In addition to cancer, the team performs the procedure to evaluate the pancreas, gallbladder, and bile ducts.
What can I do to prepare for EUS?
The Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg team provides you with specific instructions to prepare for your EUS. You need an empty digestive tract to get accurate results.
Preparation for your EUS may depend on whether you’re having an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy. Bowel prep may include a clear liquid diet the day before your test and no more eating or drinking eight hours before the test.
For a colonoscopy, you may take a laxative the night before your EUS to clear out your large intestine.
They may also ask you to modify your medication schedule.
What happens during EUS?
During your EUS, you lie on your left side on the exam table. Your gastroenterologist gives you a sedative to help you relax and then inserts the endoscope, slowly and expertly guiding it through your upper or lower digestive tract. They may take a biopsy of any suspicious tissue and send it to the lab for testing.
The test takes 45 to 60 minutes.
What can I expect after EUS?
The team takes you to the recovery area for monitoring following your EUS; once you’re stable, the team sends you home. You must arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
For upper EUS, you may have a sore throat following the procedure, but you can eat your usual diet.
Your gastroenterologist schedules a follow-up appointment to discuss the test results with you.
For expert care from a highly skilled team, call Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg or book an appointment online today.
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