Upper Endoscopy - What to Expect

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What can I expect during endoscopy?

Before the procedure the doctor will discuss with the patient why the procedure is being done, whether there are alternative procedures or tests, and what possible complications may result from the endoscopy. Practices vary amongst physicians but the patient may have the throat sprayed with a numbing solution and will probably be given a sedating and pain alleviating medication through a vein. You will be relaxed after receiving this medication (usually midazolam for sedation and fentanyl for pain relief) and you may even go to sleep. This form of sedation is called conscious sedation and is usually administered bt a nurse who monitors you during the entire procedure. You may also be sedated using propofol, called "deep sedation," usually administered by a nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist who monitors your vitals during the procedure. After you are sedated while lying on your left side the flexible video endoscope, the thickness of a small finger, is passed through the mouth into the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. This procedure will NOT interfere with your breathing. Most patients experience only minimal discomfort during the test and many sleep throughout the entire procedure using conscious sedation. Deep sedation ensures that you feel no discomfort during the entire procedure.

Return to Endoscopy (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, EGD)

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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: 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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