Posted 1/14/2007 2:46 PM (GMT -6)
I just had an endoscopy on friday. The most difficult part was not eating for several hours beforehand. I couldn't eat after midnight on Thursday, so if you can, get a morning procedure. Mine was set for 4 pm, and because they were behind I didn't get up til after 6.
I had a bed in the endo suite, sort of like a bed in an ER. I changed into a gown. I left my sox on but nothing else, becaue you may wet yourself if you cough hard or gag hard.
They placed an IV in my arm, then took me into the procedure room. They placed a b/p cuff on my arm, EKG monitors on my chest and a blood oxygen thingie on my fingertip. I have small veins and they needed 2 tries to get the IV in, but that really isn't a big deal. I get Remicade by IV every 4 weeks so an IV is really not a big deal in my life.
I coughed when they sprayed the numbing agent, but it wasn't a bad cough.
Then they turned on the IV and I got a dose of versed and the next thing I know I was talking to my hubby out in the endo suite. When I had an endo 3 years ago it was exactly the same. I think most places use conscious sedation and most people won't be aware of much of anything.
Just try to relax, and it will be over before you know it.
The dr came out and talked to us, gave me a different prescription for a proton pump inhibitor, and told me to see him in 2 weeks. They took biopsies, and noted the erosions were still there.
When I was done I went out to dinner with my hubby, and then he drove us home.