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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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Do you get a sedative before a gastroscopy procedure?

Do you get a sedative before a gastroscopy procedure?

Yes: Or at least you should. Procedural sedation is the norm and depending where you get the procedure, who is doing it and who is administering the sedation, will determine the level of sedation you will have (mild/moderate/deep). ...Read more

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What sedatives are used before a gastroscopy procedure?

What sedatives are used before a  gastroscopy procedure?

Sedatives: Mild sedatives are usually used for minor scope procedure, along with local anesthetic spray to throat to get the scope to go in without discomfort. ...Read more

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Had a gastroscopy done and was put to sleep. During the procedure my heart rate spiked to 220. Dr was concerned. I'm only 18. What could this be?

Had a gastroscopy done and was put to sleep. During the procedure my heart rate spiked to 220. Dr was concerned. I'm only 18. What could this be?

Heart rate: Likely you had a paroxysmal tachycardia. It should be worked up to see if there's a structural or physiologic problem that needs attention. Don't ignore the episode, see your Doc or a cardiologist about it. ...Read more

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Hi I had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy 4 days ago and ever since I've been randomly getting chest pains around my sternum, they are really painful?

Hi I had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy 4 days ago and ever since I've been randomly getting chest pains around my sternum, they are really painful?

Symptoms: You should contact your gastroenterologist and report your symptoms. It could be nothing more than 'gas' but no way for us to know out here. ...Read more

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I have a gastroscopy in two weeks. But my stomach pain/burning is so painful and getting worse. Its constant. Is it ok to wait?

I have a gastroscopy in two weeks. But my stomach pain/burning is so painful and getting worse. Its constant. Is it ok to wait?

Abdominal pain: If there are any dramatic changes in your pain quality, severity or development of new associated symptoms (i.e. Nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, painful swallowing, blood in stools, black stools, etc) then you should have your exam sooner. Otherwise its probably ok to wait assuming you were evaluated by a health professional already. ...Read more

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

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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I'm having a Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy next week and being put to sleep. How safe are the procedures? I've never had anesthesia

I'm having a Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy next week and being put to sleep. How safe are the procedures? I've never had anesthesia

Very safe: in the hands of a competent anesthesia provider. These procedures are performed thousands of times every single day. Be well and good luck. ...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