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endoscopy and sedation - should I or shouldn't I?

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ellymae Thu 05-Mar-09 14:40:51

I know there have been a load of discussions about endoscopies in general over the last few months but I just wanted to do a quick poll on whether I should go for sedation when I have mine done later on this month.

All the info you get from the internet and the hospital suggests its a simple quick procedure and should be managed with just a throat spray to numb the pain. Only those of a nervous disposition seem to be encouraged to have sedation!

However anyone I've spoken to in RL who has had an endsocopy has recommended without question that I go for the sedative! So what do you think?

If I do go for the sedative, how likely am I to feel a bit washed out the next day? I'm supposed to be having friends and their DC's round for a very informal birthday tea and cake for my DD who's birthday will be the following day (ie two days after the endsocopy). Will I be up to hosting?


LongGoneBeforeDaylight Sun 23-Jun-13 12:19:50

I have had both colonoscopy and endoscopy. I didn't have sedation for either. I would recommend it for colonoscopy but endoscopy, maybe not. I had two endoscopies so I wasn't put off the first! It's very very quick - maybe 5 minutes - and it is unpleasant but I think the sedation would mean you can't drive there and you would be in a bed until it wore off. You will be aware of the procedure at the time, with sedation, but won't remember it. Really, it's a bit like being sick. They put something down your throat which is the worst bit, you retch a bit and they look around for a few minutes then pull it out. Sedation is a bit OTT I think.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Sun 23-Jun-13 12:23:55

Just read a bit more of this thread. You don't have to swallow the tube, OP, they push it down your throat for you. You don't have to do anything.

A word of warning on the throat spray - it will make your tongue feel weird and it will feel like you're not swallowing when you are. They made me feel a bit panicky, but I am of nervous disposition.

gingeroots Sun 23-Jun-13 13:43:05

Sedation .
You'll be fine afterwards.

angeltulips Sun 23-Jun-13 13:49:57


digerd Sun 23-Jun-13 19:23:23

It does depend on how nervous a person you are. I was terrified and kept asking for a GA, but they wouldn't do that as said I must be conscious?hmm. I was given a light sedation of valium I think it was, but it was the calm manner of the young woman doing it that helped me.
No, the gagging is unpleasant, but lasted only a second or two.

I was calmly told what was going to happen and that I would feel no pain with the biopsies as the stomach has no pain nerves and I felt nothing when she said she was taking them. Good luck

digerd Sun 23-Jun-13 19:30:30

Ps. You must have it done on an EMPTY STOMACH. No eating for at least 12 hours before. So no breakfast at all, I'm afraid. sad

Pitmountainpony Tue 25-Jun-13 02:14:51

Had one last wee- awake with sedation.
yes take the sedatives- it is a very unnatural sensation to have what feels like a gold club thrust down your throat....i was fighting them off even though i was sedated- reflex.
But it is over very quickly and you will be fine- take the drugs on offer!!

mrssprout Tue 25-Jun-13 02:32:36

I had sedation, one minute I was handing over my glasses, next thing I remember is being offered a cheese sandwich ! I felt fine straight after, no lingering tiredness from the sedative, I would say have the sedative.

Slavetothechild Tue 25-Jun-13 23:20:45

Go for sedation , I did it with just the spray as I'm needle phobic ! Not terrible just unfortable and i continually reched and the spray was vile. Good luck

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 26-Jun-13 13:39:42

zombie thread smile

StuartB Mon 23-Sep-13 13:20:47

I was at the Glasgow New Victoria this morning for a Gastroscopy Because all the short procedures were being done in the one room I had to wait about an hour . It was done with a throat spray as I had opted for and what was going to happen was explained with glasses off and dentures out my throat was sprayed with an evil tasting anaesthetic which worked quickly .The mouth guard was inserted and the 'scope was removed from the cabinet where they are sterilised and connected up...the end was inserted through the guard and although I gagged slightly one swallow and it was on its way down .I was being encouraged to concentrate on my breathing and must have done all right as I did not gag again once ..a couple of biopsies were taken and then the 'scope was withdrawn . I was told that nothing problematic was seen and the biopsies were to check that nutrients from my food were being taken in .
To anyone thinking of having this procedure with the throat spray I would say go for it and relax and concentrate on breathing steadily and calmly and it will be done in a few (5?) minutes

idiot55 Mon 23-Sep-13 21:58:55

I had sedation, nightmare, really bad reaction, still havevflashbacks.

Wolfsome Tue 15-Jul-14 19:28:07

Wow, just did the endoscopy, took me a lot of effort to convince the doctor and nurses that i absolutely dont need sedation. the whole thing took 3 min, minor discomfort only! are you kidding me?? i had 100 times worst puking my guts out after crazy party drinking, this is nothing! don't be wimps folks seriously... Now, from the other end, i wouldnt do it without sedation for sure!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 16-Jul-14 11:55:32

Wolfsome I'm having an endoscapy and colonoscopy next week.
Under sedation.

I won't be sedated for any dental work (had 4 wisdom teeth out and years later a couple of my molars , with local analgesia)

But I'm going to be so meh after the Starve'n'Laxative that I'll probably appreciate being well away before the tubes start going in.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 26-Jul-14 14:03:07

I've had mine done, (under sedation)
I remember feeling the gag reflex with the endo, but nothing more
With the colonoscopy, I can remember the discomfort (not painful, more annoying) when they were taking samples etc. and I was trying to protest (grimacing but I don't think I made sound).
They said "We'll just give you some painkiller" but that's all I remember really.
But it's all a blur.

And I bought some Deflatine that I didn't need, the trapped air didn't stay trapped blush blush blush

MrsMcRuff Fri 26-Sep-14 17:39:29

I know - old thread!

I've got one next month. Had this mad idea of practising for it by swallowing whole strands of (cooked!) spaghetti. grin Haven't tried it yet!

Don't know whether I'm more scared of the procedure or the sedation, tbh.

Viviennemary Fri 26-Sep-14 17:44:26

Have the sedation. I did and it was fine. DH had had one a while before me and he didn't have the sedation as he wanted to drive. He said it was awful and he thought he was going to choke.

CariadsDarling Fri 26-Sep-14 17:48:07

I did it without sedation once upon a time and it was horrific. I truly thought I was going to die.

Mylittlepotofjoy Sun 28-Sep-14 10:54:14

I've had both in the last month !! Not pleasent and when I had the sedation it did nothing as I had worked my self up so much sad but if you are normal lol I would go the sedation route.

lindafrances Mon 28-Mar-16 14:12:39

Had sedation for an endoscopy at 10am was doing the weekly shop at 3 felt fine a little tired following day but didn't disrupt my activities

RockiePlace Mon 28-Mar-16 17:56:42

Have the sedation. I didn't-it was quick but it wasn't pleasant. I wouldn't do it again without sedation.

longdays Mon 28-Mar-16 20:40:42

I'd have the sedation, but it does have an amnaesic effect. A friend of mine had it, was driven home by her mum and all was fine until a week later when she discovered that she had ordered a brand new king size mattress for her bed.
She had no recollection at all smile

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