Tomorrow morning Don will have his scope done. Here is a basic explanation of what they are looking for:
Locate the esophagus. See the vein wrapped around the esophagus? They are checking it to see how much tension it is under. It could look anywhere from normal to like a varicose vein. Now look for the large arrows in the portal vein which goes through the liver. When the pressure is high in the portal vein it causes blood to go up into the esophageal vein, but the blood from that vein is suppose to empty DOWN into the portal vein, NOT go up into it. If it goes up, it causes the pressure that distorts the esophageal vein.
Did that make sense? So in other words ..we are hoping there is no damage to the esophageal vein! I should be able to post the results on Friday?? or at least tell you how it went. Don will be sedated for this and although he will not have to stay the night, he will have to stay several hours after the procedure. I will be with him all day.