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Help please! is an upper GI a really easy procedure?

Help please! is an upper GI a really easy procedure?

Safe: As with any procedure an upper GI or endoscopy has it's risks and benefits which should be discussed with your physician. This being said endoscopy is widely performed and very well tolerated. The sedatives used are minimal and safe and the technology has progressed substantially with some centers now offering less invasive nasogastric approaches. ...Read more

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Having Upper GI done next month to figure out swallowing issues. What can I expect right before, during, and after procedure?

Having Upper GI done next month to figure out swallowing issues. What can I expect right before, during, and after procedure?

Endoscopy procedure: Before: don't eat/drink for several hours (they'll tell you how many). During: they'll give you a sedative to relax you (you'll be awake, and can follow commands, but very sleepy). They'll numb up your throat with a spray so you won't feel much. They'll give you certain commands to follow that help them perform the procedure. After: you may not remember much. Could have sore throat for a day or 2. ...Read more

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Upper GI surgeon did abdo/pelvic MRI & it has found simple cyst on left kidney. Does this require any treatment or procedure?

Upper GI surgeon did abdo/pelvic MRI & it has found simple cyst on left kidney. Does this require any treatment or procedure?

No: Simple cysts are almost always benign and are quite common in the kidney and liver. No treatment or biopsy needs to be done unless the cyst is very large and pressing on other organs. ...Read more

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How should I prepare my kid for a GI endoscopy procedure?

How should I prepare my kid for a GI endoscopy procedure?

See below: I would talk to your child, and let them know what to expect. Try to allay their fear as much as you can. And let them know they will be given some medicine to make them sleepy. ...Read more

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How soon after my colonoscopy (fro possible blockage) should my GI that did the procedure see me?

How soon after my colonoscopy (fro possible blockage) should my GI that did the procedure see me?

No way to know: There is no set time for follow up after a colonoscopy. It depends on why the procedure was done and what was found at the time. If you have any doubts you should just call your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Acid reflux symptoms off/on for 5 years. Gi doc says i need endoscopy bad. I'm newly insured. What is the avg cost of the procedure? How much avg would my out of pocket be? I have to have this done

Acid reflux symptoms off/on for 5 years.  Gi doc says i need endoscopy bad. I'm newly insured. What is the avg cost of the procedure?  How much avg would my out of pocket be?  I have to have this done

Good luck with that: Medical billing is a nightmare! no one here will be able to answer your question. There's too much variation in pricing & in insurance coverage. Your best bet is to call your insur carrier 1st & ask what your costs would be, either as a % of total or as a deductible you have to meet, & then call the doctor's office & ask the cost (realize that the facility & anesthesiologist will bill too). ...Read more

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Visiting GI doc for the first time before the colonoscopy. Does it usually just talk about the procedure or will he also examine me for my problems?

Visiting GI doc for the first time before the colonoscopy. Does it usually just talk about the procedure or will he also examine me for my problems?

General exam: If you are doing a pre-procedure evaluation the doctor may evaluate you with a general and rectal examination depending on your symptoms. If not having an anal or rectal issue the doctor may defer the rectal exam until the day of the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Mom has her procedure tomorrow to find out where this GI bleed is coming from. She still having a lot of rectal bleeding and have been getting blood transfusion. Could this be related to her copd, diabetic, CHF or her pulmonary hypertension or is this com

Mom has her procedure tomorrow to find out where this GI bleed is coming from. She still having a lot of rectal bleeding and have been getting blood transfusion. Could this be related to her copd, diabetic, CHF or her pulmonary hypertension or is this com

Not directly related: To the listed medical problems. Most common sources of bleeding could be small blood vessels on the surface of the lining of the colon (vascular malformation), or from sites of diverticulosis. Less likely is a bleeding stomach ulcer. Many of these will stop bleeding spontaneously, but some will need surgery to remove the bleeding site. Her medical conditions may make her surgery risks higher. ...Read more

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