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What can I expect the day of my upper endoscopy?

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Things to expect:

  • A doctor will explain the upper endoscopy in detail, including possible complications and side effects. The doctor will also answer any questions you may have.
  • An experienced doctor will perform the procedure.
  • You will be asked to wear a hospital gown and to remove your eyeglasses and dentures.
  • A local anesthetic (pain-relieving medication) may be applied at the back of your throat.
  • You will be given a pain reliever and a sedative intravenously (in your vein). You will feel relaxed and drowsy.
  • A mouthpiece will be placed in your mouth. It does not interfere with your breathing.
  • You will lie on your left side during the procedure.
  • The doctor will insert the endoscope into your mouth, through your esophagus (the "food pipe" leading from your mouth into your stomach) and into your stomach. The endoscope does not interfere with your breathing.
  • Most procedures take 15 to 30 minutes.

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease s: "Upper GI Endoscopy." 

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Alerts: ''What to Expect From Your Endoscopy.''

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 10, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease s: "Upper GI Endoscopy." 

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Alerts: ''What to Expect From Your Endoscopy.''

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 10, 2017

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