What is an EUS?

EUS is a procedure using a thin flexible endoscope with an ultrasound probe and a camera on its tip. The procedure is performed with sedation and most people will not remember the procedure. The EUS endoscope is passed via the mouth to the oesophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine. It allows the lining of the upper gut and some abdominal organs to be viewed with good quality ultrasound from inside the body. This allows for the diagnosis, needle biopsy and treatment of several conditions including the liver and bile duct (drainage tube), pancreas, gallbladder, lymph nodes and blood vessels.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your health fund card and Medicare card. Please wear loose fitting clothing. You will need to change into a patient gown for the procedure. Any jewellery and valuables should be left at home.

What happens afterwards?

You may be drowsy for several hours following the EUS due to the sedation administered. A friend or family member needs to drive you home and stay with you till the next day. Your procedure may be cancelled if this has not been organised. You must not drive until the following day, not operate heavy machinery or drive (with a commercial licence) for 24 hours afterwards. You can continue taking your regular prescription medications unless you have been told otherwise.

Is EUS safe?

EUS is a safe and generally well-tolerated procedure. You may feel minor throat discomfort or temporary bloating afterwards. Occasionally there may be nausea or light-headedness following the anaesthetic.

Complications are rare, but may include :Aspiration (stomach contents entering airway) – uncommon < 1%

Bleeding – uncommon < 1-2%

Pancreatitis – uncommon < 1-2%

Infection – uncommon < 1-2%

Teeth Damage – uncommon < 1:500

Perforation (a hole in the bowel wall) which may require surgery – very rare

If you have any questions, please contact GastroNorth on 9468 9700