Do They Put You To Sleep For An Endoscopy?

Is endoscopy done under general anesthesia?

If you are having a general anaesthetic, then you will be asleep during the whole procedure and wake up once it is finished.

If you are not having a general anaesthetic, you will be given a local anaesthetic where the endoscope will be inserted to numb the area and make the procedure easier..

Can I go to work the day after an endoscopy?

You should be able to return to work the next day. If you are unable to return to work, contact your doctor immediately as this is not typical. What can I eat after my procedure?

What is the prep for an endoscopy?

You will need to stop drinking and eating four to eight hours before your endoscopy to ensure your stomach is empty for the procedure. Stop taking certain medications. You will need to stop taking certain blood-thinning medications in the days before your endoscopy.

How long does an endoscopy take?

An endoscopy usually takes between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on what it’s being used for. You can usually go home the same day and do not have to stay in hospital overnight.

What kind of anesthesia is used for an endoscopy?

First, although the depth of sedation during these procedures is similar to general anesthesia, the airway is largely unprotected. Used as a sedative, propofol, the most popular agent used for these procedures has a narrow therapeutic window-transiting from mild sedation to deep general anesthesia rapidly.

Do you have to undress for an endoscopy?

Before the procedure starts, you’ll be asked to remove any glasses, contact lenses and false teeth. You won’t usually need to get undressed, but you may be asked to wear a hospital gown over your clothes.

Can you choke during an endoscopy?

The endoscope camera is very slim and slippery and will slide pass the throat into the food pipe (oesophagus) easily without any blockage to the airways or choking. There is no obstruction to breathing during the procedure, and patients breathe normally throughout the examination.

Can I eat after endoscopy?

Over the next 24-48 hours, eat small meals consisting of soft, easily-digestible foods like soups, eggs, juices, pudding, applesauce, etc. You should also avoid consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after your procedure. When you feel like you’re “back to normal,” you may resume your normal diet.

Are you awake during endoscopy?

You will be awake during the procedure, but you will take medicine to relax you (a sedative) before the test. Someone will have to drive you home afterward. Follow any other instructions your provider gives you to get ready.