What Are The Risks Of Endoscopy?

Do you have to undress for an endoscopy?

Before the procedure starts, you’ll be asked to remove any glasses, contact lenses and false teeth.

You won’t usually need to get undressed, but you may be asked to wear a hospital gown over your clothes..

Is there an alternative to endoscopy?

What are the alternatives to an endoscopy or colonoscopy? The most common alternative to endoscopy is an upper GI x-ray examination using a barium swallow.

Are you asleep for an endoscopy?

All endoscopic procedures involve some degree of sedation, which relaxes you and subdues your gag reflex. Being sedated during the procedure will put you into a moderate to deep sleep, so you will not feel any discomfort when the endoscope is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach.

What type of doctor does an endoscopy?

Most often, a gastroenterologist will do an upper endoscopy in a doctor’s office, GI clinic, or hospital. A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in the GI tract. Many other specialists can perform an upper endoscopy as well.

Can a person die during endoscopy?

Results: Death was directly related to endoscopy in 20 of 153 cases (13%), most commonly due to gastrointestinal perforation or acute pancreatitis.

Can you choke during an endoscopy?

The endoscope camera is very slim and slippery and will slide pass the throat into the food pipe (oesophagus) easily without any blockage to the airways or choking. There is no obstruction to breathing during the procedure, and patients breathe normally throughout the examination.

Why do doctors order endoscopy?

Your doctor may use an endoscopy to collect tissue samples (biopsy) to test for diseases and conditions, such as anemia, bleeding, inflammation, diarrhea or cancers of the digestive system.

Can you vomit during an endoscopy?

Bleeding may also happen from the test or if a tissue sample (biopsy) is taken. But the bleeding usually stops on its own without treatment. If you vomit during the test and some of the vomit enters your lungs, aspiration pneumonia is a possible risk.

Can you eat after endoscopy?

Over the next 24-48 hours, eat small meals consisting of soft, easily-digestible foods like soups, eggs, juices, pudding, applesauce, etc. You should also avoid consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after your procedure. When you feel like you’re “back to normal,” you may resume your normal diet.

What can go wrong during endoscopy?

Endoscopies very rarely result in serious injury. Potential risks include bleeding at the tissue or polyp removal sight, infection, side-effects from the sedation administered before the procedure, and perforation of the stomach wall or other site.

Can an endoscopy cause damage?

Some possible complications that may occur with an upper GI endoscopy are: Infection. Bleeding. A tear in the lining (perforation) of the duodenum, esophagus, or stomach.

How long does it take to recover from an endoscopy?

to rest at home for the rest of the day. bloating or nausea for a short time after the procedure. a sore throat for 1 to 2 days. to go back to your normal diet once your swallowing returns to normal.