During the procedure
To minimise discomfort during this procedure, there are two options available:
Throat Spray The test can usually be performed using a spray to numb the throat, many hospitals carry out all their tests in this way. If you have the procedure undertaken with the throat spray you will usually be able to leave the Unit straight away on your own and continue your day without restrictions, you just need to wait for the spray to wear off before you eat and drink, this usually takes about 30 minutes.
Conscious Sedation and Analgesia – Sedation is given via a cannula and helps to relax you but it does not put you to sleep. It is usually given together with a painkilling medication. You will still be able to hear and talk with the staff and follow instructions. After the procedure you will be taken to the recovery area to rest and you will be given refreshments. If you have sedation you must have a responsible adult to collect you from the Endoscopy Unit to take you home and stay with you for 24 hours as the medication can stay in your system during this 24 hour period. You cannot drive, operate machinery (including household appliances) or sign legal documents during this 24 hour period. You are advised not to travel home on public transport.
The admission nurse will discuss these options with you when you arrive