Quick Answer: 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?

During the procedure Before the procedure begins, you will need to undress and put on a hospital gown. If you wear dentures, you may be asked to remove them. You may be given anesthesia and a sedative through an intravenous (IV) needle in your arm. Anesthesia is medicine that blocks the awareness of pain.

Does your throat hurt after endoscopy?

You should have little or no pain following your procedure. If you have an upper endoscopy, you may have a slight sore throat that can be relieved with warm liquids, throat lozenges or, if necessary, Tylenol. If you have a colonoscopy, you may experience some cramping, gas or a sore rectum.

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.

Can your stomach be sore after an endoscopy?

If any of the following occur within 48 hours after a gastroscopy, consult a doctor immediately: Tummy (abdominal) pain. (In particular, if it becomes gradually worse, and is different from or more intense than any ‘usual’ indigestion pains or heartburn that you may have.)

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.

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 breathe during endoscopy?

There is no obstruction to breathing during the procedure, and patients breathe normally throughout the examination. All patients are closely monitored during the procedure including oxygenation, pulse rate, blood pressure, and will receive oxygen supplementation through the nose throughout the examination.

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.

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.

Can you wear deodorant before endoscopy?

Take a bath or shower before you come in for your procedure. Do not apply lotions, perfumes, deodorants, or nail polish. Take off all jewellery and piercings. And take out contact lenses, if you wear them.

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.

What can they find during an endoscopy?

An upper GI endoscopy can be used to identify disorders or problems such as:GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)Narrowing (strictures) or blockages.Larger than normal veins in your esophagus (esophageal varices)Redness and swelling (inflammation) and sores (ulcers)More items…

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? Occasionally, your doctor will advise a special diet post-procedure but generally you can eat whatever you feel you can tolerate.

Is it normal to have pain after endoscopy biopsy?

Immediately after the procedure, a person may experience bloating and gas because of the air pumped into the stomach and esophagus. Gas and pressure generally pass quickly. A person may also feel a slight soreness in the throat.

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 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.