The vast majority of patients say that the worst part is either (1) the i.v., or (2) the numbing gargle
medicine (viscous <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>lidocaine</span>
). In the past year, I've only had 2 patients say that the TEE itself was worse than the gargle.
As far as the patient is concerned, this test is basically the same as an EGD (a scope to
look at the sto
mach). Many more people have this test than a TEE, and it to
o is a quite safe test. I bring it up because you
may have a friend who has had one.