What happens during the examination?
Before the procedure takes place, a nurse will show you to your cubicle and ask you to put on a hospital gown. After you have changed, you can then relax on your trolley until it your turn to examined.
Please tell a member of staff if you have any mobility problems as you required to roll from side to side on the trolley during the procedure.
Before the procedure you must remove the following as they can cause discomfort and will interfere with the instruments used:
- Contact lens
- Jewellery (including body piercing)
- False teeth (you can keep these in until immediately before the procedure)
Hearing aids can left in-situ throughout the procedure.
You will be attached to a monitor and given oxygen. You will then be asked to lie on your left side and a mouth guard will be placed in your mouth. This enables the scope to pass through. When the ultrasound scope inserted in the appropriate position, ultrasound images will be generated. No radiation involved. A nurse will remain with you to reassure you and to clear away any saliva from your mouth. During the examination, the endoscopist may take some biopsies (tissue samples). This is painless.
To put you at ease you will be given intravenous analgesic (painkillers) and sedatives. The medicine given via a cannula (small tube) in your hand or arm. It will relax you and may make you drowsy but will not put you to sleep. able to hear and respond to any instructions given to you.