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Most patients will be fully recovered within 24 to 48 hours and can resume some normal activities. If you have had any biopsies, refrain from any heavy lifting pushing or pulling until it is approved by the surgeon.
Patients are lightly sedated and the throat is sprayed with a numbing agent. The physician will run a flexible tube through the patient’s mouth, down the esophagus and into the abdomen. The ultrasound wand will send high-quality images onto a monitor for evaluation.
By moving this sensitive wand inside the body instead of outside of the body as done in traditional ultrasound, the physician gets a very clear view of the internal organs. Any growths or abnormalities noted can be biopsied using a very fine needle. Fluid and cysts causing discomfort may also be drained.
This is an outpatient procedure, and patients are released once they are fully awake.
Most patients are fully recovered within 24 to 48 hours.
The surgeon may recommend an exploratory surgery if a tube cannot be run down the patient’s throat due to scar tissue or blockage. If a tumor is too large to remove using minimally invasive techniques, then the surgeon will recommend an open procedure.
WakeMed has many board-certified gastroenterologists who perform endoscopic ultrasound with fine-needle aspiration. Find a WakeMed gastroenterologist by searching or calling WakeMed Doctor Choice at 919-350-8900 .
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Raleigh, NC 27610