Patient Comments: Upper Endoscopy - What to Expect

Have you had an upper endoscopy? Please share what the procedure is like for someone who has never had it before.

Comment from: duke, Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I had two endoscopies done. You cannot eat or drink anything after midnight. When you go either to hospital or surgical center, they first take your blood pressure, put gown on you with no back and nurse or assistants of doctor take some information about medicines your take, etc. Then they hook up IV and on monitor too, and the assistant who is going to put you to sleep for the procedure will ask you some questions. Before you are ready to go in they will tell what drugs are for knocking you out, you sign a lot of forms too. Then when in the surgical unit, the assistants will put mouth guard on your mouth which has a small opening for small tube with light on and doctor gets pictures and bioscopy of areas of stomach and esophagus that are suspected bad areas. But it's nice not to feel a thing, and no work, and you must have a ride home, and do have a drink and cookies after the procedure; and light diet for one day.

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Comment from: Carrie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I had an upper endoscopy yesterday. I'm the biggest chicken in the world so I was really scared about it. But it turned out to be no big deal. The worst part of the whole thing was when they pulled off the tape that was holding my IV in place. Other than that I didn't feel a thing.C

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Comment from: Elizabeth E, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I consulted a doctor after severe heartburn attacks, and I ultimately had an endoscopy. I have to say I was very nervous, but in the end, I actually thought it was a painless procedure. I opted for sedation, but I hardly think it was necessary because it was over and done with so quickly and effortlessly.

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