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What happens before an upper endoscopy?

After you check in for an upper endoscopy (a medical procedure to visually examine the esophagus, the stomach, and part of the duodenum), a nurse will meet with you to review your medical conditions and medications. An intravenous (IV) line will be placed in a vein in your arm. You will proceed to the procedure room, where your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen level will be carefully monitored. A sedative also will be administered through your IV. You will soon feel drowsy, and while some people fall asleep, others remain awake during the procedure. The test itself usually takes less than an hour.

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