Question: What Can I Expect During An Endoscopy?

Is it painful to do an endoscopy?

An endoscopy is not usually painful, but it can be uncomfortable.

Most people only have mild discomfort, similar to indigestion or a sore throat.

The procedure is usually done while you’re awake.

You may be given a local anaesthetic to numb a specific area of your body..

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 brush your teeth before an endoscopy?

You may have clear liquids until 4 hours before your procedure time, then nothing by mouth. You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth.

Can you 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.

Is it normal to have a headache after endoscopy?

Sedatives used for colonoscopy procedures can cause residual headaches. In order to help you experience a stress-free, comfortable colonoscopy – and to help your doctor get a better look inside the colon – it’s important for your colon to be relaxed.

Are you asleep for colonoscopy?

During your colonoscopy, you’ll lie on your left side on an exam table. You’ll get sedatives through an IV in your arm, and you’ll go to sleep. During the procedure, the doctor puts a tube-like instrument called a colonoscope into your rectum. It’s long but only about a half-inch across.

Can you vomit during an endoscopy?

If you vomit, there is a small risk that the vomit could enter your lungs. (This is called aspiration.) If the test is done in an emergency, a tube may be inserted through your nose or mouth to empty your stomach. Do not take sucralfate (Carafate) or antacids on the day of the test.

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.

Are you loopy after endoscopy?

Recovery and Discharge After the endoscopy, you will be given time to fully wake up. Once alert enough, you will be given something light to eat and drink. You might still feel a little fuzzy and have difficulty concentrating.

How do you breathe during an endoscopy?

The doctor will then pass the endoscope into the stomach. There is no pain at all. However, you will feel like retching, bloated and quite uncomfortable for the few minutes of the test. You should breathe through the nose and not attempt to talk during the test.

What anesthesia is used for endoscopy?

Propofol is a newer non-barbiturate short acting anaesthetic induction drug which, due to its rapid onset of action and short recovery period, is ideally suited for endoscopy sedation. It amplifies the sedative effects of the other analgesic and hypnotic agents, and causes profound sedation, depending on the dose.

How long does it take to recover from an endoscopy?

to rest at home for the rest of the day. bloating or nausea for a short time after the procedure. a sore throat for 1 to 2 days. to go back to your normal diet once your swallowing returns to normal.

Do they put you to sleep for an endoscopy?

All endoscopic procedures involve some degree of sedation, which relaxes you and subdues your gag reflex. Being sedated during the procedure will put you into a moderate to deep sleep, so you will not feel any discomfort when the endoscope is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach.

What can I expect with an endoscopy?

You will lie on your left side during the procedure. The doctor will insert the endoscope into your mouth, through your esophagus (the “food pipe” leading from your mouth into your stomach) and into your stomach. The endoscope does not interfere with your breathing. Most procedures take 15 to 30 minutes.

Do you get endoscopy results same day?

The doctor who performed the endoscopy may discuss initial findings with you after the procedure but will send the test results to your primary or referring doctor. The specialist or your primary doctor will discuss any biopsy results with you once they become available several days after the procedure.

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?

Can you wear a bra during an endoscopy?

You may keep most clothing on for upper endoscopy as well as comfortable shirt and socks for colonoscopy. Women may keep their bra on for the procedure. Please do not wear lotions, oils or perfumes/cologne to the center due to the monitoring devices. Will I see the doctor before 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.