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Doctor insights on: Gastroscopy Health Risks

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How does the risk of a gastroscopy compare to a colonoscopy?

How does the risk of a gastroscopy compare to a colonoscopy?

Neither have risk: When both procedures carried out under mild anesthersia, the patient essentailly experiences no side effect. With colonoscopy air however has to inflate bowel for visualization and being NPO isnt suffiecient to clean out the colon. GoLytley has to be employed. Minor risk with some bx close to bowel mucosa where perforation has resulted .especially in colon. ...Read more

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Is gastroscopy a painful procedure?

Is gastroscopy a painful procedure?

EGD: If you are referring to an EGD where the use a scope to look into your esophagus and stomach, then it should be painless since they will sedate you first. ...Read more

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Any complications with the gastroscopy?

Any complications with the gastroscopy?

Endoscopy: Complications rate is very low(less than 1%) but includes aspiration, perforation , bleeding, infection , missed findings , reaction to sedation including death. As stated, complications are rare. They should be discussed with you by the person performing the examination. Risks & benefits are discussed prior to the examination. This is referred to as "informed consent .". ...Read more

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What to do if i'm terrified of gastroscopy?

What to do if i'm terrified of gastroscopy?

See details: Speak to the GI specialist. You will be sedated and will sleep through the procedure without any issues. ...Read more

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I am about to have a gastroscopy. Any advice ?

I am about to have a gastroscopy. Any advice ?

EGD pt info : Please follow all the instructions provided by your endoscopy team, particularly their instructions regarding pre-op medicines and if you are on any blood thinners. Make sure you understand the risks ; possible complications of the procedure ; anesthesia. Following can help 1)http://www.Asge.Org/patients/patients.Aspx?Id=378. 2) https://www.Gastro.Org/patient-center/procedures/upper-gi-endoscopy. ...Read more

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What parts of the body can a gastroscopy investigate?

What parts of the body can a gastroscopy investigate?

Stomach, by...: ...Definition. Of course on the way in, the doctor will also get a good look at the esophagus, and may elect to go farther, into the small bowel. ...Read more

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I'm about to have a gastroscopy. Any advice for a scared person?

I'm about to have a gastroscopy. Any advice for a scared person?

Knowledge is Power: Knowledge is Power Educate your self about your condition and your treatment options. Find out the risks involved with having the surgery vice not having the surgery. Write down your questions before you see your physician. Let the medical team know about your concerns. ...Read more

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How should I prepare for a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy?

How should I prepare for a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy?

You : Should discuss preparation and any question you have with your GI doctor, who will give you specific instructions of his preferences. Each endoscopist has their favorite set of instructions and preps the prefer to use. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from gastroscopy sedation?

How long does it take to recover from gastroscopy sedation?

Depends what you got: "conscious sedation" often combines versed (sleep agent that induces amnesia) with narcotic (typically fentanyl) with resulting prolonged sleepiness that may last hours to all day after your procedure. "mac" (monitored anesthesia care) relies instead on Propofol (a rapid onset drug that wears off within minutes of use). With mac, most people feel well rested but awake very soon after testing. ...Read more

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Do you have to recovery after a colonoscopy and gastroscopy?

Colonoscopy: For any procedure which involves anethesia, you need a recovery period to recover. ...Read more

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I am experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort from my gastroscopy. Is this normal?

I am experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort from my gastroscopy. Is this normal?

Depends: It depends how long ago you had the procedure youmay have some discomfort the first couple of days if the discomfort persists contact your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I'm having a gastroscopy and colonoscopy next week. What is involved with the procedures?

I hope they told you: we certainly should not be the sole source of information for this!! but - you'll need to take the laxatives for the colonoscopy the day before, show up at the right time, get an IV and some sedation. I like doing the endoscopies first - that's a 2min exam with a tube the size of your pinkie. Then you stay in same position and get the colonoscopy done. go to recovery & have someone take you home! ...Read more

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Well in terms of something going horribly wrong, as small a chance as that might be, is one safer than the other? Colonoscopy vs gastroscopy.

Well in terms of something going horribly wrong, as small a chance as that might be, is one safer than the other? Colonoscopy vs gastroscopy.

Both are very safe: modern colonoscopy and EGD are extremely safe. Complications are rare. Probably the most common complication is perforation, and it reportedly occurs in about one of every 1200 colonoscopies and about one every 2000 upper endoscopies. There are rare risks of bleeding and of a reaction to the sedation. Overall, they are extremely safe, and if you have a reason for needing one, don't shy away. ...Read more