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What do I need to know about my endoscopy procedure?

What do I need to know about my endoscopy procedure?

Informed consent: Talk to your doc. At the least, you need to know the nature of procedure, indication for it, alternatives to it (including not doing it), material risks, and expected benefits. Get brochure from md. Can get info online from GI organizations and medical societies. ...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 safe is an endoscopy procedure?

How safe is an endoscopy procedure?

Very: Very safe procedure done thousands of times everyday. ...Read more

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How does will an endoscopy procedure work?

Upper/lower?: Upper=stomach endoscopy, usually no prep except not eating/drinking x 4 hrs, then sedation via iv, and doc puts scope through mouth and throat into stomach, looks and biopsies if needed. Lower=colonoscopy, prep by flushing system with strong prep laxatives, then sedation via iv, and scope enters via anus and looks at 5 feet of colon, biopsies etc. ...Read more

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What happens during an endoscopy procedure?

What happens during an endoscopy procedure?

Endoscopy: You are put under light anesthesia, doctor looks thru scope into your stomach and GI tract, may take samples for analysis and biopsy. ...Read more

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What can I do if my husband has an endoscopy procedure tomorrow morning, what to expect?

What can I do if my husband has an endoscopy procedure tomorrow morning, what to expect?

Conscious sedation: Conscious sedation is widely used to relax the patient, so the experience should be relatively comfortable. ...Read more

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Where can you go to get encapsulated endoscopy procedure?

Where can you go to get encapsulated endoscopy procedure?

Depends: Some doctors perform capsule endoscopy at the hospital, others at the office. Typically, the patient does a cleanse the day before comes to the hospital/office-has electrodes and a data recorder placed in about 30 minutes, swallows a capsule that morning and returns in the afternoon where the data is downloaded. ...Read more

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Can one get injured during an upper endoscopy procedure?

Yes: The risks are minimal and rare, but include •abnormal reaction to sedation meds •bleeding from biopsy •accidental puncture of the upper GI tract. ...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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Will i remember having an endoscopy if sedated during the procedure?

Unlikely: If the anesthesia provider uses an amnestic drug like versed or valium, odds are you won't remember much at all. If Propofol is used as well, the odds are even greater that you will not remember. Drdavidsherer.Com. ...Read more

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For an endoscopy procedure for the pancreas do they really have to make you to sleep?

For an endoscopy procedure for the pancreas do they really have to make you to sleep?

Usually: What you ask is called an ERCP and involves putting a lighted tube the size of your pinkie down your throat into your stomach and through it into the duodenum, and passing a smaller tube through that into the tiny hole (ampulla of vater) through which your pancreas and bile duct enter the bowel--all while lying on your stomach! i'd want sedation for that! ...Read more