Why does my doctor want to do an endoscopy?
Your doctor may use an endoscopy to collect tissue samples (biopsy) to test for diseases and conditions, such as anemia, bleeding, inflammation, diarrhea or cancers of the digestive system.
Do they put you out 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.
Why would a doctor order an Upper endoscopy?
Your doctor may order an upper GI endoscopy if you have risk factors or symptoms of upper GI cancer. Risks factors include long-term gastritis or a family history of cancer. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, anemia, and pain with swallowing.
What do you need to know about an endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor.
Do you have to have an empty stomach for an upper endoscopy?
An upper endoscopy requires that you have an empty stomach before the procedure. Do not eat or drink anything for at least six hours before the procedure, or as directed by your doctor or nurse.
Can you eat or drink anything before an upper endoscopy?
Can I Eat or Drink Anything Before an Upper Endoscopy? An upper endoscopy requires that you have an empty stomach before the procedure. Do not eat or drink anything for at least six hours before the procedure, or as directed by your doctor or nurse. Talk to your doctor about any changes that may be needed to your regular medication regimen.
What was the worst part of the endoscopy?
When I went for my endoscopy some years ago now I was given an illustrated leaflet explaining the procedure. I opted for staying fully awake and the procedure was again explained. The throat was sprayed with something that tasted vaguely of advocaat. Doctor said that was the worst bit but it didn’t make me gag.
This means they want to take a thin, flexible tube with a camera attached and put it down your throat to examine the upper part of your digestive tract. If you’ve never had an endoscopy before, it can be scary because you don’t know what to expect.
What kind of Doctor does an upper endoscopy?
Upper endoscopy allows doctors to inspect the lining of your upper GI tract. This includes your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum). It can be performed by a gastroenterologist or surgeon.
When to go to a GI doctor for an endoscopy?
You’ve finally gone to a gastroenterologist about your heartburn, or ulcers, or a general feeling that something is not quite right with your stomach. In order to get a look at what’s going on, your GI doctor wants to perform an endoscopy, also called an upper endoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or EGD.
Can a person wake up from an endoscopy?
BUt if you are going to be completely out, the anasthesiologist will inject the medicine into your iv, and the next thing you know, you are waking up. I have never woken up in any of the ones I was out for during the procedure.