A TEE allows your provider to have a clearer image of the inside of the heart and valves using a long, narrow tube that is inserted in your mouth and down your esophagus (tube that leads from your mouth to your stomach). A transducer is attached to the end of the long tube. It sends waves to a computer that produces the images of the heart.
You may have an IV started to have medication to help you relax. Your throat may be sprayed with an anesthetic to numb it before the tube is inserted.
Your provider will insert the tube into your mouth . You will be asked to swallow. Once you swallow, the tube will slide down your esophagus, and once the transducer reaches the heart, images of the heart will appear.
After the procedure is finished, you will be asked not to eat or drink for 1 hour as your throat is still numb from the local anesthesia spray. Your throat will be sore and tender for a couple of days after your procedure.
Your provider will discuss the outcomes of the procedure afterwards or may ask you to come back for a return visit.