Endoscopy, Oh Joy!
Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:44 PM
1. Is there any prep needed?
2. Are there any after effects?
I hate procedures where they put me out! I react with an elevated heart rate and vomiting (even with the twilight meds). Yuck! So I just want to be prepared. Also, is there down time after? Do I need to take time off work?
I'm not really worried about the outcome. My symptoms are mild, but because I still have reflux even with meds, plus seem to have asthma associated with the reflux, they want to check it out. Just another thing to add to the mounting medical bills!
Posted 01 October 2007 - 11:16 PM
I take it that you will be having a Gastroscopy, that is when they insert an endoscope (a small camera) into your mouth, down into your esophagus and stomach.
I don't think their is much preparation required, only fast at midnight the night before. If I am wrong could someone please pipe in.
Before you have the procedure you are given sedation I think with an I.V, the procedure usually doesn't take very long. You may have a sore throat afterwards, which will go in time.
You need someone to drive you home afterwards, as you can't/shouldn't drive for 24 hours afterwards, due to you having sedation.
You should be fine to go to work the next day or the day after.
I hope I have answered your questions and allieviated any concerns that you may have.
Posted 01 October 2007 - 11:37 PM
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Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:02 AM
no worries. you will be fine...
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Posted 02 October 2007 - 01:21 PM
I'm having my second EGD tomorrow. Celia gave you good info. I can't eat or drink anything after midnight. My test isn't until 2:00p.m. I have to be at the hospital at 12:30 for the prep (questions and I.V.,etc) The only thing I dread is that I have full dentures, top and bottom, and they have to come out for the test! How embarrasing, a naked mouth!! LOL LOL
Posted 05 October 2007 - 05:40 AM