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Does an endoscopy require anesthesia?

Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that uses a camera with a light to see your gastrointestinal tract. Before the procedure, you will usually be given medicine to make you feel sleepy and relaxed. This is called sedation and will make you more comfortable. The sedation used often works quickly and does not last long.
Patients undergoing endoscopy are usually given some sort of sedation, says Kesha Culbertson, RN, of Riverside Community Hospital. In this video, she explains what situations call for the use of anesthesia.

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