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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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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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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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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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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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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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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