"I was glad that I had a doctor who explained the procedure to me in detail before starting. This made me feel well prepared, as I knew what was going to happen and how I would feel during the procedure, which made the whole experience easier."
An endoscopy can be a daunting procedure for patients. Here are some top tips from the patient's perspective to help make it a more positive experience:
- Explain that the purpose of the procedure is to help you to learn more about the patient's airways and how to treat them
- Explain the procedure and how long it will take, so that the patient knows what to expect and feels well prepared
- Give information about any sedation being used and explain why it will be used.
- Explain that after the procedure their throat may feel a little sore or dry but it that this will not last