What to expect from your nasal endoscopy at Children’s Hospital Colorado

A nasal endoscopy is when you
doctor uses a tube with a camera on it to see what’s happening in
your esophagus, stomach, or intestines. The doctor puts the
tube up your nose and down your throat. But don’t worry, your
nose and throat are numb, so you shouldn’t feel it. Having a
nasal endoscopy usually takes the place of having a longer
procedure with anesthesia. A nasal endoscopy might not be
what you’re used to, but it takes a lot less time than
having anesthesia. When it’s time for your nasal endoscopy,
you’ll go to a Children’s Colorado location with a parent
or guardian. Make sure you don’t eat two hours before you come to
the hospital. When you arrive at the hospital, you will meet with
your doctor in a regular clinic room. If you’d like a child life
specialist to be there with you, just ask! They can help you feel
comfortable and relaxed. When you get to the room, the doctor
will talk to you and your parents about what will happen.
Then he or she will ask you or your parents to sign some papers
saying it’s okay to do the procedure. Then you go into a
different room. This room will have a comfy chair. You get to
put on these cool glasses that are playing a movie just for
you–whatever movie you want. Then the doctor puts some
medicine in your nose that makes it numb. This is so you don’t
feel the scope. The medicine might make your nose and throat
feel funny or even lumpy. This is totally normal. The person
performing the endoscopy, usually the doctor, has an
assistant to help. After they numb your nose, they check to
make sure that you’re seated correctly. Then they take this
tiny camera on the end of this bendy scope and they put it
through your nose and down the back of your throat. The scope
is long like spaghetti, but smaller than a pencil. The team
moves the camera further into your nose and throat to look at
your esophagus, stomach, and maybe even your intestine. Then
they use a tool to take teeny tiny pieces of tissue, smaller
than this pin head from the areas that need to be studied.
When they’re all done, they quickly pull the scope out and
you’re all done. The whole thing only takes about eight minutes.
And you’re usually only at the hospital for about an hour. Many
kids who have a nasal endoscopy can go right back to school when
they’re done. You might have a sore throat, sore chest, or a
belly ache for a little while, but it should go away quickly.
You can usually begin to eat about 30 or 60 minutes after the
endoscopy when your throat feels normal again. Most kids do great
with this procedure, but don’t be surprised if you feel like
you need to laugh, cry, or hold someone’s hand. Or you might
feel totally normal. The good news is that it’s usually over
before you know it.

24 thoughts on “What to expect from your nasal endoscopy at Children’s Hospital Colorado

  1. I had orbital cellutis and I got this procedure at a checkup after I left the hospital( I was there for a week and a half with two surgeries). When I did this it was the most painful thing I have ever done. I'm 16 and I have a high pain tolerance but I cried so much. I never wanna do it again!

  2. I think this is a nice thing. That way the parents don’t have to hassle to keep their children not eating hours before going to procedure sedated and then having to stay home from work to watch them recover.

    It’s also easier for children because then they don’t have to worry about missing school and homework.

  3. Ugh. I have to do this soon. If it looks normal, I need an endoscopy. UGH. At least the nasal procedure doesn't use a needle to get your nose numb.

  4. Had this done with just drops down the nose in MExico I will never forget . one of the worst painful feelings ever

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