endoscopy under general anaesthetic

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ldrunner
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   Posted 10/2/2014 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all, I've always just had endoscopys with my throat numbed, but I had my first under GA this week.

It was LOVELY, I'm completely converted now :)

Can't believe I went through all that agro, when a nice simple sleep was available.

toritone
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   Posted 10/2/2014 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Are  a few minutes of discomfort, getting a transnasel endoscopy, worth the added risks of going under a general anesthetic? I have had both and more than once and would never go under again for such a simple procedure, when I don't have to.

 


electracat
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   Posted 10/2/2014 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
idrunner, I hear you!! I can't even imagine not being fully 'under' for my endoscopy; and with propofol, it's such an easy process--no nausea, etc. Not saying that GA is something to be taken lightly, but yeah, I'd do it again...;)

electracat
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   Posted 10/2/2014 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Toritone, I think it depends on one's anxiety levels. I have general anxiety, and was pretty much crying before my procedure. I don't think I would have survived being conscious!

ninjakiller1
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   Posted 10/3/2014 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely for me was amazing as anaesthetic and throat spray, I did not felt much pain and it was a new thing on me but the nurse were there for me to calm me and I hold her hand and she aswell and next thing I knew they said, its finished! wow really? I said can you doit again because I love it Endoscopy now!

I really thought that procedure will take about 15 mins, but it was only 5 mins! and everything came normally. In recovery they give me a nice biscuits with water I requested it. It was amazing experience, it was in Hammersmith Hospital that I did and people were super kind.

ldrunner
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   Posted 10/5/2014 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
electracat said...
Toritone, I think it depends on one's anxiety levels. I have general anxiety, and was pretty much crying before my procedure. I don't think I would have survived being conscious!


Just before my last endoscopy with throat spray I realised I could see the heart rate monitor and it was reading 48bpm.

I thought great, I'll stay calm and see if I can keep my heart rate really low.

Yeah right, once that tube went down it went up to 120 :-)
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