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What is an endoscopy like?

What is an endoscopy like?


(music) Hi! My name is Kelsey.
So you’re having an endoscopy? Well, I had one of those. And
I’m here to tell you all about it. You’re probably having an
endoscopy because the doctors and nurses want to take a better
look at your upper digestive tract, like your esophagus and
stomach. An endoscopy gives the doctors and nurses information
about your digestive tract. Having an endoscopy means that
your doctors and nurses will have a better idea of how your
stomach is working and if there are things a doctor can do to
help if it’s not working quite right. It’s normal to feel
unsure about this, if it’s something you haven’t done
before. And that’s okay. But you’ll be asleep the whole time,
and you won’t feel anything. Your doctor will meet with you
before the procedure to tell you all about it. (Doctor) Once you
go to sleep, I’m going to take an endoscope, which is a long,
lighted, flexible tube with a camera at the end, and it’s
about as big around as this stethoscope. I’m going to take
that and pass it through your mouth, through your
esophagus–that’s your swallowing tube–into your
stomach and then the first part of your small intestine. I take
a look around and then I take pictures and then I take
biopsies–teeny-tiny pinches of tissue about the size of the tip
of this pen. You don’t hurt at all during, or after, or
anything like that. (Kelsey) This is a great time to ask
questions. There are no questions that are too basic or
silly to ask. If you want, you get to keep the pictures the
doctor took of your stomach. There are some other things you
may want to know, so Matt and Norah will tell you everything
you need to know about coming to Children’s Colorado for a
surgery or a procedure. They talk about surgery a lot, but
it’s the same information for a procedure. Good luck! (music) (music) Hi, I’m Matt. This is my friend, Norah, and we’re gonna
show you around the surgery area. (Norah) Just like you we
both had surgery here. (Matt) Come on, let’s get started!
(Matt) You’re probably here for a surgery, where a doctor called
a surgeon may fix a part of your body. It’s normal to be a little
nervous, but the people you will meet are all here to help you
and can answer any questions you may have regarding your surgery.
First, you will check in at the registration desk so the doctors
and nurses know you’re here. They’ll give you an I.D.
bracelet with your name and birthday on it. You and your
family will go into an exam room where you will change your
clothes, put on hospital pajamas, or a hospital gown, and
slipper socks. The doctors and nurses will want to make sure
you’re healthy before your surgery. The nurse will check
your vital signs. Do you know what your vital signs are? Your
vital signs are things like your heartbeat and temperature. The
nurse will listen to your heartbeat by using a tool called
a stethoscope. That’s called a blood pressure cuff. It feels
like a tight hug on your arm or leg. The nurse will use a
thermometer to check to see if you have a high temperature or
fever. The nurse might check your temperature in your ear,
under your tongue, on your forehead, or in your armpit. The
nurse will need to know how much oxygen or air you have in your
body. The nurse will put a tiny band-aid with a little red light
on your finger or toe. This is called pulse oximeter. (Norah)
Don’t worry, the red light never gets hot! (Matt) The nurse will
also need to know how tall you are and how much you weigh. You
and your family will talk with two kinds of doctors. One doctor
is your surgeon. The other doctor is the anesthesiologist,
or the doctor who gives you your sleep medicine. You can ask your
doctors any questions you might have. This doctor will talk with
you about the medicine you will have to sleep. The sleep for
surgery is different from when you are at home in your bed. The
nurses wear clothes called scrubs, a hat, and a mask. They
wear these outfits to keep it really clean in the room where
you get your sleep medicine so that you won’t get any germs.
Germs can sometimes make you sick. Depending on the type of
surgery or procedure, parents and medical staff may or may not
wear a mask and hat. Do you have a blanket or stuffed animal? You
can bring this into the room with you if you want. Some kids
walk to the sleep room and other kids ride in a bed. This is a
room where kids get their sleep medicine. See this big, blue
pillow? The machine behind this gives you the sleep medicine.
See those lights? They might be a little bright, but they won’t
touch you. The doctor uses them to see better. You’ll see your
nurses and doctors in this room. Most kids breathe their sleep
medicine through a mask. Sometimes the sleep medicine
smells funny, so they might let you pick a scent or flavor
before you start to make it smell better. Other kids get
their sleep medicine through an I.V., which is a short name for
an intravenous catheter. The tiny tube sits in your vein to
give your body a drink. Veins are the blue lines you see when
you look at the back of your hand or arm. (Norah) The nurses
can give you medicine through your I.V. to help you feel
better. (Matt) When you sleep with this medicine, it’s a
little different than when you sleep at home. When you’re
asleep for surgery, you won’t feel anything. You’ll sleep the
whole time the doctor is fixing your body. When the surgery is
done, the sleep doctor will stop giving you your sleep medicine.
Then you’ll wake up in the recovery room. You will also
meet a nurse who will help you feel comfortable. Whoever came
with you can see you when you wake up. When you wake up, you
might get a popsicle, juice, slushies, or other things to
drink. Before your surgery, it’s important not to eat or drink
anything for a little while because the sleep medicine helps
your whole body fall asleep, including your stomach. If you
have food or drink in your stomach, then it may get sick
and make your surgery unsafe. When you’re ready to leave the
hospital, the nurse will gently take the tape and I.V. off your
hand and arm. It feels just like taking a band-aid off! If you
are spending the night at the hospital, then you and whoever
brought you will go together to your room here. There is a
playroom with fun things for you to do while you are here. When
the doctor says you are ready, then you’ll get to leave the
hospital. (Norah) And then your surgery is over! (Matt) It’s a
lot easier than I thought it would be. (music) And now we’re
gonna share 10 of our favorite things about surgery at
Children’s Colorado. (Norah) Child life specialists! (Matt)
Slushies. (Norah) The playroom! (Matt) Scented medicine. (Norah)
Ball machine! (Matt) Lego hospital. (Norah) Bring your
blanket or stuffed animal! (Matt) Stress balls and
pinwheels. (Norah) Popsicles!
Thanks for joining us! (Matt) You’re gonna do great
with your surgery! (music)

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