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    What is an endoscopy?

    An endoscopy is a test that checks if your tummy is healthy.

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    A small camera is put in your mouth, down to your tummy.

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    An endoscopy is done at hospital. Usually you can go home the same day.

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    Before you go

    Before your appointment you might need to

    Stop eating 4 hours before your appointment.

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    Stop drinking 2 hours before your appointment. You can have small sips of water.

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    The doctor or nurse will tell you about this before your appointment.

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    What happens at my appointment?

    When you get to hospital, you will have to change into a gown.

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    You will be given a spray or a sweet to suck.

    This will make your throat numb so you can not feel your throat.

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    You might be given a jag in the back of your hand.

    This will make you feel sleepy.

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    You will feel the camera blowing air into your tummy.

    This will make you feel full up and you might burp.

    This is normal so don't feel embarrassed.

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    It might feel strange or sore. You can ask the doctor to stop.

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    The doctor will talk to you about the test results.

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    Then you can usually go home.

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    You will feel sleepy after the hospital. It is important to avoid alcohol for the rest of the day.