Tuesday, June 1, 2010

WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED DURING THE GASTROSCOPY?

Your doctor will review with you why a gastroscopy is being performed, whether any alternative tests are available, and possible complications from the procedure. Practices may vary among doctors but you will have your throat sprayed with a local anaesthetic before the test begins and will be given medication through a vein to help you relax during the test. While you are in a comfortable position on your left side, the endoscope is passed through your mouth and then in turn through the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. The endoscope does not interfere with your breathing during the test. Most patients consider the test to be only slightly uncomfortable. Many patients fall asleep during the procedure.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE GASTROSCOPY?
After the test, you will be monitored in a recovery area until most of the effects of the medication have worn off. Your throat may be a little sore for a while, and you may feel bloated right after the procedure because of the air introduced into your stomach during the procedure. You will be able to resume your diet two (2) hours after the procedure. Start with a cool drink. In most circumstances, your doctor can inform you of your test results on the day of the procedure, however the results of any biopsies taken will take several days.

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