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Upper endoscopy, I'm scared to death. Will they drug me?

Upper endoscopy, I'm scared to death. Will they drug me?

Of course: For endoscopy, sedation is routinely offered and in your case clearly desirable. Keep in mind the test lasts only 3-5 minutes. Talk with your doctor about what sedation options you can have at the center where your test will be performed. ...Read more

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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more


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I was gonna have an upper endoscopy yesterday but scared to death and walk out as its invasive. Is there any non invasive alternative. Pliz help.

I was gonna have an upper endoscopy yesterday but scared to death and walk out as its invasive. Is there any non invasive alternative. Pliz help.

Yes it's invasive: Yet a very safe test that takes a mere minute or 2! that said, yes there can be alternatives - pill endoscopy, Xray techniques or just trying to manage your symptoms. Is this being proposed to work up your chest pain? an esophagram in combination with manometry could be a good alternative. ...Read more

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What type of diagnostics are available to identify cartilage inflammation? Possible inflamed trachea, scared endoscopy will detrimentally inflame

What type of diagnostics are available to identify cartilage inflammation? Possible inflamed trachea, scared endoscopy will detrimentally inflame

It probably won't...: There is no cartilage in the esophagus, nor does the upper GI endoscope come in contact with the larynx or trachea. What symptoms are you experiencing (and where) that cause you to feel you have "cartilage inflammation, " and need testing for it? ...Read more

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Endoscopy later this week. Very scared. What can you tell me?

Endoscopy later this week. Very scared. What can you tell me?

Endoscopy: I had one done in 1979. Mine was done with only anesthetic spray to the back of the throat - a little gagging - really not bad. You will probably be given some medication to relax you. I would try not to worry. The worrying is likely to be worse than the procedure. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm really scared about getting my endoscopy. Can you help calm my fears?

Sure...: You're right not to take any testing lightly, but an expertly-performed endoscopy under monitored sedation in a certified center with superbly-trained personnel is an in & out experience that will surprise you at its ease. Share your specific concerns with your physician & let him educate you about risks, benefits, & alternatives so you can make an informed & assured decision to proceed. ...Read more

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Having an endoscopy tomorrow. Doc told me propofol being used. Will that knock me out or will I be in la la land? Am a little scared.

Having an endoscopy tomorrow. Doc told me propofol being used. Will that knock me out or will I be in la la land? Am a little scared.

Very flexible: Propofol can be adjusted from very light where you just feel tipsy to all the way asleep. Talk to your doctor about how asleep you wish to be and they will work with you. ...Read more

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MY ENDOSCOPY SAYS MODERATE GASTROPATHY WITH SCATTERED COFFEE GROUND IN THE STOMACH. WHAT DOES IT MEANS? I'm scared and worried. Thank yoh

MY ENDOSCOPY SAYS MODERATE GASTROPATHY WITH SCATTERED COFFEE GROUND IN THE STOMACH. WHAT DOES IT MEANS? I'm scared and worried. Thank yoh

Endoscopy findings: You likely had gastric (in your stomach) bleeding., The information you gave is incomplete and. "Gastropathy" is more like to be Gastritis. The question remains the "coffee grounds" mentioned does NOT specify the source. Coffee Grounds is the clinical term to describe evidence of blood in the gastric tract. Please get the COMPLETE report and ask Biopsy was done? If yes, then what found ...Read more

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What causes left side upper abdominal sore like pain? I have had several imaging tests and endoscopy & normal. I'm very scared, should I be worried?

L. Sided abd. Pain: Great that you have had a work up. There is a condition called splenic flexure syndrome which is a gas pocket in the turn of your large bowel. This makes you feel bloated and an ache in the upper part of your abdomen. Regular bowel movements will help the problem. ...Read more

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I'm scared of esophagus cancer can my pain from swallowing be that even though I had upper endoscopy 11 months ago and everything was normal?

I'm scared of esophagus cancer can my pain from swallowing be that even though I had upper endoscopy 11 months ago and everything was normal?

Unlikely: You are young, had normal endoscopy 11 month ago? You may have pain from reflux, heartburn. I do recommend to stop smoking and alcohol use if applicable, and if symptoms continue see GI surgeon, who can repeat endoscopy, do a pH probe, or other esophageal studies if needed. ...Read more

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I am having an endoscopy done Monday morning. My asthma gets bad when I'm sleeping. Lots of wheezing. Should I be nervous? Scared to be sedated.

I am having an endoscopy done Monday morning. My asthma gets bad when I'm sleeping. Lots of wheezing. Should I be nervous? Scared to be sedated.

Asthma scope: I strongly feel that if sedation is used that you insist on an anesthesiologist being present to take take of you. Most endoscopies are done with the endoscopist giving the sedation - with your concern - you should insist on an anesthesiologist being there. ...Read more

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I'm scared to death to get stomach endoscopy done. Suffer from major panic disorder. Not on meds. Scared of something entering mouth. What to do?

I'm scared to death to get stomach endoscopy done. Suffer from major panic disorder. Not on meds. Scared of something entering mouth. What to do?

Endoscopy fear: Consider getting some clinical hypnosis and self-hypnosis training. See www. Asch. Net for a list of licensed professionals who utilize this modality. Peace and good health. Sorry for your fear and wish you well. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease and a polyp in the lining of my stomach and I am severely underweight. What does the polyp mean? My doctor call it an stromal tumor. I think? I will be having a 2nd endoscopy with ultra sound but I'm scared. Help!

I have celiac disease and a polyp in the lining of my stomach and I am severely underweight. What does the polyp mean? My doctor call it an stromal tumor. I think? I will be having a 2nd endoscopy with ultra sound but I'm scared. Help!

MostPolypsAreBenign: Stomach Polyps are masses of cells that form on the inside lining of your stomach and are rather rare. Most of these do not go on to become cancerous. But some do. And that is why some are removed and others don't.They don't cause any symptoms. These can be1 Hyperplastic 2Fundic Polyp 3Adenomas are the rarest and those are the only ones can turn cancerous and need to be removed but is very very rare ...Read more

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What is endoscopy?

Scoping you out!: Endoscopy is a general term meaning inserting a lighted scope into you somewhere, usually further specified by a prefix like colonoscopy, ureteroscopy, laryngoscopy which basically says where it goes. Often the docor can not only look inside but also biopsy (take tissue) and do other tests while in there--may require sedation depending on how far in they go! ...Read more

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Why do an endoscopy?

Why do an endoscopy?

Many reasons!: Everyone should have a colonoscopy, which is one type of endoscopy, at age 50 (sooner if there is a family history suggesting higher risk for colon cancer). Other types of endoscopy can look at different parts of the body, such as the esophagus, stomach, bile ducts, vocal cords, airways, bladder and ureters. These procedures are done if symptoms or other tests suggest a need for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can I eat the day of endoscopy?

Can I eat the day of endoscopy?

Afterward: You may eat after you have recovered from sedation. I would avoid alcohol and spicy or acidic foods the first 24 hours. ...Read more

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Can I eat before the endoscopy?

No: The purpose of an endoscopy is th view the stomach and first part of the small intestine. Dangerous to give IV sedation to someone who has eaten for fear of aspiration! ...Read more

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What are the steps of an endoscopy?

Many: Step one is informed consent where risks, benefits and alternatives are discussed. Next is conscious sedation where an IV is placed and medication is given until you are comfortable. Once you are resting comfortably, the procedure is performed. Last is recovery where you wake up and review procedure findings with your doctor. Someone must then drive you home because of the meds received. ...Read more

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How safe is an endoscopy procedure?

Very: Very safe procedure done thousands of times everyday. ...Read more

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What can I expect from an endoscopy?

Endoscopy: Either upper endoscopy or colonoscopy are done under IV sedation. Once you are sedated, the scope is passed into the intended area. It usually lasts 15-20 minutes. The sedation is reversed and you awaken in recovery. Someone drives you home and you can eat. ...Read more

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Can you explain what an endoscopy is?

Can you explain what an endoscopy is?

Scoping you out!: Endoscopy is a general term meaning inserting a lighted scope into you somewhere, usually further specified by a prefix like colonoscopy, ureteroscopy, laryngoscopy which basically says where it goes. Often the docor can not only look inside but also biopsy (take tissue) and do other tests while in there--may require sedation depending on how far in they go! ...Read more

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What is it like to have an endoscopy?

Endoscopy: I had one done once with a teaching endoscope. Normally you will be given medication that will relax you (and possibly sedate you) along with anesthetic sprayed on the back of the throat. In my case no med was used except anesthetic spray. I gagged a little bit but found it fascinating to look at my own stomach through the scope. It really wasn't bad. ...Read more

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How safe is upper & lower endoscopy?

Very safe: It is a very safe procedure, however it does have risks as it is an invasive procedure. Risks are. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get an endoscopy done?

Gastroenterologist: The majority of people go to gastroenterologists to have endoscopies done. If you live in a rural area, sometimes you can find a primary care doctor who performs these procedures. The most important thing is to make sure whoever does it is well-trained and does many of these procedures every day. ...Read more

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Could an endoscopy detect that I smoke?

Could an endoscopy detect that I smoke?

No: Endoscopy is meant to look at the anatomy of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (or the colon, using a different kind of scope). Smoking may cause changes in the mucosal lining, including inflammation (gastritis, duodenitis, esophagitis) but these aren't specific to smoking. Smoking is 'detected' by history, smell of tobacco smoke on patients, and sometimes urine cotinine (nicotine's metabolite). ...Read more

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How to understand my endoscopy results?

How to understand my endoscopy results?

Ask your doc: Your doctor should be able to explain everything. If you have a particular question about a specific finding on your endoscopy, you can ask here ...Read more

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How does will an endoscopy procedure work?

Upper/lower?: Upper=stomach endoscopy, usually no prep except not eating/drinking x 4 hrs, then sedation via iv, and doc puts scope through mouth and throat into stomach, looks and biopsies if needed.
Lower=colonoscopy, prep by flushing system with strong prep laxatives, then sedation via iv, and scope enters via anus and looks at 5 feet of colon, biopsies etc. ...Read more

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What happens during an endoscopy procedure?

What happens during an endoscopy procedure?

Endoscopy: You are put under light anesthesia, doctor looks thru scope into your stomach and GI tract, may take samples for analysis and biopsy. ...Read more

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How could death during an endoscopy happen?

How could death during an endoscopy happen?

Very unlikely: But could happen with anesthesia related issues, (respiratory or cardiac) usually in a patient with underlying co morbid conditions, or as a result from complications associated with a colonic perforation or splenic tear, but again death from an elective endoscopy would be very very unusual. ...Read more

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How long until I can drive again after endoscopy?

Usually its: 24 hrs but it also depends on the type of sedation you had. Some meds take a longer time ro get out of the system as others. Your endoscopy ctr will be able to give you that info. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need an endoscopy?

How common is it for someone to need an endoscopy?

Depends: In asia, every patient over the age of 40 routinely undergoes endoscopy due to the high incidence of stomach cancer. In the United States where the stomach cancer is much less common, patients only do endoscopy if they have symptoms like acid reflux, weight loss, gastrointestinal bleeding, food getting caught or a strong family history of stomach cancer.. ...Read more

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Do you have to be awake when you get an endoscopy?

Nasal endoscopy: No, you don't have to be awake, but unless some other procedure is being considered, almost no doctors would put you to sleep to do a nasal endoscopy unless your reaction on a first attempt was so severe that they didn't want to try that again. It's an easy, short procedure. Most people tolerate it fine. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about my endoscopy procedure?

What do I need to know about my endoscopy procedure?

Informed consent: Talk to your doc. At the least, you need to know the nature of procedure, indication for it, alternatives to it (including not doing it), material risks, and expected benefits. Get brochure from md. Can get info online from GI organizations and medical societies. ...Read more

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Do I need to bring someone with me for an endoscopy?

Yes: You will likely receive some sedation and will need someone to drive you home. In fact, they most likely won't begin the procedure unless they know you have someone with you. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: endoscopy?

Scope exam of organ: Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the rectum and colon (colonoscopy). ...Read more

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How much does the endoscopy costs without insurance?

It varies between do: It depends on whether you need to do upper or lower endoscopy or both. For stomach problems upper endoscopy is done and the costs are lower (may range from $1000 to $1500, varies by the gastroenterologist). Lower endoscopy can range from $1, 00 to $2, 000. But you can ask for financial assitance as some doctors will give you a discount if you are financially tight. ...Read more