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I can give you a blow-by-blow, because I don't experience amnesia under the sedative they give you. That's rare, by the way, and odds are very good that the sedative will have an amnesiac effect on you.

This was my experience:

I went to the day surgery location, filled out paperwork, and was taken into the back and put in a bed.

I waited.

People came by, asked me who I was every time, gave me a bracelet, and I waited for the person who would give me my IV line.

I waited.

The IV nurse came by, they tried to insert a small IV into either hand with no success. This is not common, but they could not get the vein. So they got a specialist who came and put an IV in my arm at the elbow which went easy as pie and made me wonder why they didn't do that in the first place. :)

I waited some more.

They wheeled me into the operating room. The doctor came in while scrubbing to look things over, and I had two nurses. One was seated at a big machine, the other was working with me.

They sprayed something in my mouth that didn't taste great but wasn't foul and that numbed my throat. Then the doctor gave me the sedative. My first reaction was nausea and they told me just to breathe deeply and it would pass, and it did within a matter of seconds. The doctor had me get up on my side and he put a plastic thing in my mouth to hold my mouth open. He inserted the scope and when it got to the back of my throat he told me to swallow. There was no gag reflex at all- the spray they gave me took care of that. In my stomach I felt him puff some air through which expanded my stomach. He looked around, took a few samples, then it felt like he pulled the air back out and then pulled the scope out. I lay there for a few minutes and asked the nurse a question- I had noted that my blood pressure and pulse had dropped considerably from when they first rolled me in. She was surprised I was awake and rolled me out in the the recovery room.

They keep you in the recovery room until you can swallow without gagging. That was never a problem, so they let me go home fairly quickly.

The entire procedure was very quick, completely painless, and the sedative does take away any fear and anxiety. You are technically conscious through the procedure but most people don't recall it later.

You will need someone to pick you up after the procedure, as they won't let you drive.
[QUOTE=EagleRiverDee;4723779]I can give you a blow-by-blow, because I don't experience amnesia under the sedative they give you. That's rare, by the way, and odds are very good that the sedative will have an amnesiac effect on you.

This was my experience:

I went to the day surgery location, filled out paperwork, and was taken into the back and put in a bed.

I waited.

People came by, asked me who I was every time, gave me a bracelet, and I waited for the person who would give me my IV line.

I waited.

The IV nurse came by, they tried to insert a small IV into either hand with no success. This is not common, but they could not get the vein. So they got a specialist who came and put an IV in my arm at the elbow which went easy as pie and made me wonder why they didn't do that in the first place. :)

I waited some more.

They wheeled me into the operating room. The doctor came in while scrubbing to look things over, and I had two nurses. One was seated at a big machine, the other was working with me.

They sprayed something in my mouth that didn't taste great but wasn't foul and that numbed my throat. Then the doctor gave me the sedative. My first reaction was nausea and they told me just to breathe deeply and it would pass, and it did within a matter of seconds. The doctor had me get up on my side and he put a plastic thing in my mouth to hold my mouth open. He inserted the scope and when it got to the back of my throat he told me to swallow. There was no gag reflex at all- the spray they gave me took care of that. In my stomach I felt him puff some air through which expanded my stomach. He looked around, took a few samples, then it felt like he pulled the air back out and then pulled the scope out. I lay there for a few minutes and asked the nurse a question- I had noted that my blood pressure and pulse had dropped considerably from when they first rolled me in. She was surprised I was awake and rolled me out in the the recovery room.

They keep you in the recovery room until you can swallow without gagging. That was never a problem, so they let me go home fairly quickly.

The entire procedure was very quick, completely painless, and the sedative does take away any fear and anxiety. You are technically conscious through the procedure but most people don't recall it later.

You will need someone to pick you up after the procedure, as they won't let you drive.[/QUOTE]

May I ask what made your pulse and blood perssure drop?

And thank you for being so detailed about all of this.





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