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Gastroscopy Health Risks
Would it be worth trying any alternative health practices if they have found thrush/candida in your stomach following gastroscopy?
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
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
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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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
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
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
Colonoscopy: For any procedure which involves anethesia, you need a recovery period to recover. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes/probably: Usally images are taken. You can ask your haste doc. ...Read more
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