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How long until I can drive again after endoscopy?

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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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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How long does it take to return to normal after endoscopy?

How long does it take to return to normal after endoscopy?

NEXT DAY usually: Endoscopy is done under 'I.V. Sedation' so the meds cause drowsiness but these meds (I.V. Fentanyl, versed) wear off fast. You are ready to work the next day. I have had several endoscopies and was totally fine the following day. ...Read more

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Strange feeling after endoscopy... How long should this last?

Medications: Likely from the medications used. Depends on what meds and what dose. If symptoms last contact your endoscopist. ...Read more

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Getting a endoscopy next month will I be awake enuf to drive home?

Getting a endoscopy next month will I be awake enuf to drive home?

Not advised: You will get some anesthesia even though you won't be completely out. The anesthesia and pain meds may linger for a while after the procedure. So its advisable that you have someone drive you back home after the procedure. ...Read more

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Can I drive home from an endoscopy if I wait a few hours? nobody to drive me

Drive after endoscop: Can I drive home from an endoscopy if I wait a few hours? nobody to drive me ANS: please ask your endoscopist. This will depend on what anesthesia was used and your condition. I assume you drove there yourself and can drive but need more details. I am available 24/7 for 2nd opinion consult to help. ...Read more

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How long should I allow for my appointment in endoscopy?

Usually: 1/2 -1 hour for preop and preparation, another 1/2-1 hour for procedures and 1/2 hour for recovery but best to discuss with your endoscopist ahead of time. ...Read more

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How long does an upper endoscopy take?

How long does an upper endoscopy take?

EGD is pretty quick: Upper endoscopy uses an optical device on a flexible, steerable tube to examine esophagus, stomach, & upper small bowel. Often, biopsies are taken to rule out barrett's esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis, h.Pylori bacteria, celiac sprue. A diagnostic study as such takes less than 5 minutes, during which you are sedated. Therapeutics (dilation, cautery, polypectomy, etc.) adds a few minutes more. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

How long does it take for a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

Variable time: A colonoscopy and endoscopy at the same is called a bi-directional. There are variables that affect the amount of time such as skill of the operating physician, amount of fecal material and need for tissue samples. Generally the actual procedure takes 10 - 45 minutes. After the procedure it takes approximately 30 mins to 3 hours to recover from the sedating medications. ...Read more

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What happens during an upper endoscopy? How long will it take to recover?

What happens during an upper endoscopy? How long will it take to recover?

Usually: You have mild sedation for the procedure and a numbing spray for the back of your throat. Otherwise you shouldn't feel anything. After, your throat may be a a little sore but you should not have any true pain especially if no biopsies were done. Back to your normal routine the next day. ...Read more

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They told my husband that he couldn't eat anything the entire day before. Isn't that too long? He's having an endoscopy as well.

They told my husband that he couldn't eat anything the entire day before. Isn't that too long? He's having an endoscopy as well.

Not too long -normal: If he is having a colonoscopy he would need take medication to help with the clean out to prepare his colon for the scope typically the day before. The doctor has to be able to maneuver the colonoscope thru the colon and inspect the entire colon clearly. If he eats there will be food and stool still present impairing his view using the scope. ...Read more

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I had a negative endoscopy done, but are there any risks or side effects of being on protonix (pantoprazole) long term?

I had a negative endoscopy done, but are there any risks or side effects of being on protonix (pantoprazole) long term?

Protonix (pantoprazole) S.E.'s: Protonix (pantoprazole) is a very well tolerated medication, but in the short term it and other proton pump inhibitors can cause a number of dose-dependent side effects including commonly headache and diarrhea. Longer term use carries other consequences (please see my earlier answer on this topic in healthtap) including bone thinning ; risk of infection (like c.Difficile). ...Read more

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A semi-consious patient needs to do Endoscopy, how long shall he stop using plavix before & after the procedure? He has been using it for 20 years.

Plan: All these questions must be answered by your doctor who know this exactly patient with complex medical condition. Gastroenterologist and anesthesiologist are doctors , who responsible for providing this information. ...Read more

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On average how long does a colonoscopy and endoscopy done at the same time take? Will the sedation cause funny behavior after like anesthesia does?

On average how long does a colonoscopy and endoscopy done at the same time take? Will the sedation cause funny behavior after like anesthesia does?

Short sedation: EGD(upper endoscopy) can be as short as 5 minutes, with biposies most of them accopmlished in ~15 min. Colonoscopy takes longer, most fit in the timeframe of 20-40 minutes. The sedation used for the procedure is quite deep usually and approaches/equals Total Intravenous Anesthesia, TIVA. Due to nature of the drug(s) used the recovery may vary but usually is pretty fast and free of side effects. ...Read more

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How long after having an endoscopy&colonoscopy (at the same time) & they also take a biopsy are you allowed to eat? Also will nausea be felt after?

How long after having an endoscopy&colonoscopy (at the same time) & they also take a biopsy are you allowed to eat? Also will nausea be felt after?

See below: Nausea from these procedures is not common. You will be able to eat a few hours after the procedure, may be even sooner. As soon as you recover from the sedation and have normal swallowing reflex, it will be safe to eat. ...Read more

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I think I need a endoscopy for GERD what ways do they sedate you and how long does it take for the sedation to work?

MAC for anesthesia : Assuming you are otherwise healthy, nost likely a single IV drug called propofol will be used under the care of trained anesthesia personnell. This is called MAC or Monitored Anesthesia Care where you are deeply sedated yet breathing on your own to allow the endoscope to pass into your esophagus and stomach. Recovery is usually less then 15min to wake up and dicharged in an hour to home. ...Read more

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I'm getting endoscopy and colonoscopy on 18th, do I need to avoid alcohol ? How long before procedure do I need to stop drinking ?

I'm getting endoscopy and colonoscopy on 18th, do I need to avoid alcohol ? How long before procedure do I need to stop drinking ?

Ask your doctor: You certainly need to avoid it after midnight the night before the procedure, since you will likely have sedation with these tests, but the final arbiter on how long you should be without alcohol before the test is the gastroenterologist who is going to perform the tests. It should be in the instructions you get before the procedure, and if it isn't, you should ask. Good luck. ...Read more