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Old 02-17-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
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Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

My son is having an Endoscopy tomorrow for what they think is a bleeding ulcer. He is going by himself as his fiance is working. He will be taking the bus. The nurse told him it was nothing, they just put a tube down his throat and it lasts about 5 to 10 minutes and they don't put him to sleep, so he is fine to leave by himself afterward. I'm still concerned. Should I be?

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

I've had it twice and was sedated both times. Both times I was a little groggy for an hour or two until the drugs wore off all the way, but after that I was 100% fine.

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

I've heard that some people have found the scope a little uncomfortable if they weren't sedated, but that's all.

I'm pretty certain risks and complications of this are very minimal, there are some people who have scopes all the time, I know someone who has to have one every year. I've had 2, it was over in no time, I didn't have any symptoms or discomfort afterwards and was fine.

Hope your son is feeling better soon.

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

I just had this done, the hardest part for me was drinking liquid. It took ,e three hours to drink it. Then I was busy in the bathroom for another couple of hours.
I also was given sedative, the test was a snap. I had a sore throat for two days from the scope.

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

I've never heard of people drinking a liquid for an endoscopy.I have heard they have it for a barium x ray but not for a scope...

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

Ive had three Endoscopys and NEVER ever drank anything. The only time I had to drink a strange but not unpleasant liquid and that was in a time scale of one hour and I had to drink one litre. It was for a CT scan. Solofelix.

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

Hi JShuler43, I hope all went well with your sons Endoscopy.
Let us know how he got on, Solofelix.

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

Hello it might be me hahaha. I ended up having the scope from both ends lol. Sorry for not putting that.

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

Yes, if you have a LOWER GI (a colonoscopy) you do need to drink a special solution to clear out your colon first. Upper endoscopy, the only prep is fasting.

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

i was also sedated..no way i could've gotten myself home for 2 hrs or so after cause of drugs. But it was a very simple procedure. I have heard of people being awake for it and only having throat numbing spray for it. If that's the case he would be fine I guess. But...I'm always an err on the side of caution person. If it were my son I'd be asking him to take someone with him just in case. (I have 2 boys)

 
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Re: Endoscopy Upper GI - What to expect

I sure as heck would not want to be awake! I've had it done 3 times (2 times in the outpatient section of a hospital, the 3rd time in a surgical section of my doctor's office suite). All 3 times I was lightly sedated (via IV). They stipulate that you cannot come in for the procedure by yourself; that you must be accompanied by a family member or friend who will drive you home.

 
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