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What to Expect for Endoscopy

What to expect before the day of your procedure.
In addition to the instructions your gastroenterologist will provide you, it is important that you not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your procedure. Having an empty stomach before undergoing anesthesia helps ensure your safety. During anesthesia your muscles relax, and normal reflexes such as coughing do not function. You are more likely than normal to have stomach contents pass up to the mouth and enter your windpipe, possibly reaching your lungs. If this happens serious complications may occur. If your stomach is empty, this is much less likely to happen.

What to expect the day of your procedure.
After being admitted to the facility you will meet your anesthesiologist. He will review your medical history, discuss the anesthetic plan, and answer all your questions. In the procedure room you will be given supplemental oxygen and monitors will be used to monitor your blood pressure, heart rhythm, and breathing. Your anesthesiologist will give you medications through your IV to keep you comfortable and sleepy throughout the procedure. Most patients don't remember any part of the procedure. However, it is possible that you may remember some brief moments. In the rare instance that this happens, you will feel no discomfort or anxiety. Your anesthesiologist will be present with you throughout the entire procedure from beginning to end. When the procedure is complete you will be taken to the post-procedure area where you will be monitored until you are ready to go home.

What to expect after your procedure
Although most patients recover from anesthesia very quickly and feel perfectly fine within minutes, it is possible that you will feel groggy for a number of hours after the procedure. Your appetite may be slightly diminished and in extremely rare circumstances you may have some nausea. Although you may feel normal, you should not drive, operate machinery, or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after your procedure.

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