Find out what to expect before you go to your Endoscopy appointment.
Some people might find the idea of endoscopy terrifying, but the truth is that it is a quick and straightforward procedure that can be very helpful in the treatment of your gastric symptoms.
What is an Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure performed by a gastroenterologist. The upper endoscopy procedure is done using a long flexible tube with a camera attached to its tip, called endoscope. The endoscope is inserted into your mouth, through your esophagus, finally reaching your stomach.
What are Endoscopies used for?
Through an endoscopy, your doctor will be able to see the internal lining of your esophagus and stomach in real time. They will look for some alterations such as ulcers and inflammation. Endoscopy is a procedure commonly used for the diagnosis of peptic ulcers and gastritis. You are likely to be requested an endoscopy if you have a history of chronic stomach pain and other symptoms of gastritis.
During the procedure, your doctor can also perform a biopsy, collecting a sample of tissue from the stomach lining. A biopsy is usually required to determine the presence of bacteria that can cause chronic gastritis, or to identify other abnormalities.
What are the risks of Endoscopy?
Endoscopies are very commonly used as a diagnosis tool. They are minimally invasive and very safe. The most common complications are bleeding, and perforation, but those are still very rare.
How should I prepare for an Endoscopy?
The preparation for endoscopy is relatively simple, and it only requires from 6 to 8 hours of fasting. You will also be requested by your doctor to provide a history of medication use because some types of medications can increase the risk of bleeding.
Are Endoscopies painful?
Endoscopies are not painful, so you don’t have to be nervous or scared of the procedure. You will be sedated, so you won’t feel any pain or have any recollections of the process.
What happens after the procedure? How long will it take for me to recover?
After the procedure, you will be put in observation from a few minutes to about an hour, just to make sure everything is fine. The effects of the sedation will slowly wear off, but it is recommended that you don’t drive until at least 24 hours after the procedure. Since there are no cuts or incisions, the recovery is quick, and you will be back to normal as soon as all the sedatives are out of your system.
You shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort after the procedure is done and the sedation has worn off completely.
If you are anxious about getting an endoscopy done, it’s advisable that you see a doctor that can explain the procedure step by step, and give you some reassurance. It is essential that your doctor and the team of professionals can provide you with enough information and support, so you can have a simple and care-free procedure.
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