Some include simple procedures such as collecting samples or removing foreign objects during the endoscopy.
After the procedure, patients are brought to the recovery area until the anesthetic wears off. Some are advised to eat and drink after a few hours as the sedative may affect swallowing.
Often, patients are not allowed to drive during this time. It is advisable to ask your family or friends to take you home.
Some of the possible discomforts that patients may experience after endoscopy, especially if this is done via mouth are:
- Bloating due to the gas used during endoscopy
- Sore throat
These discomforts are normal but if there are other conditions that you feel after the endoscopy, it is best to consult your doctor.
Endoscopy is just like any other diagnostic procedure, it helps patients and doctors to identify possible causes of illness and to gain more information about your particular condition.
There are different types of endoscopy, and they are recommended depending on which part of the body is to be examined. Is endoscopy painful? Not quite, but one may feel certain discomforts after undergoing the procedure. Consult your doctor about what to expect if you’re to undergo an endoscopy.
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