Question: Why Do You Lie On Your Left Side For An Endoscopy?

What side do you lay on for endoscopy?

You will lie on your left side during the procedure.

The doctor will insert the endoscope into your mouth, through your esophagus (the “food pipe” leading from your mouth into your stomach) and into your stomach.

The endoscope does not interfere with your breathing.

Most procedures take 15 to 30 minutes..

How do they put you to sleep for an endoscopy?

For a routine endoscopy, sedation is often given. There are many local variations about if, how, and when sedation is given. Some centers may normally provide only local anesthesia to the throat. Usually, sedation is given by intravenous injection in the examination room immediately before the test begins.

How do you breathe during an endoscopy?

The doctor will then pass the endoscope into the stomach. There is no pain at all. However, you will feel like retching, bloated and quite uncomfortable for the few minutes of the test. You should breathe through the nose and not attempt to talk during the test.

How long is esophagus sore after endoscopy?

You may have a slightly sore throat after the procedure, which should last for approximately 24 hours. Follow your doctor’s instructions for resuming eating and drinking following the procedure. When you do, it’s a good idea to eat or drink slowly.

Can you wear a bra during an endoscopy?

You may keep most clothing on for upper endoscopy as well as comfortable shirt and socks for colonoscopy. Women may keep their bra on for the procedure. Please do not wear lotions, oils or perfumes/cologne to the center due to the monitoring devices. Will I see the doctor before my procedure?

Do they knock you out 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.

Do you have to take your clothes off 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.

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.

Can you vomit during an endoscopy?

If you vomit, there is a small risk that the vomit could enter your lungs. (This is called aspiration.) If the test is done in an emergency, a tube may be inserted through your nose or mouth to empty your stomach. Do not take sucralfate (Carafate) or antacids on the day of the test.