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Recovery from upper GI endoscopy

After upper GI endoscopy, patients are moved to a recovery room where they wait about an hour for the sedative to wear off. During this time, patients may feel bloated or nauseated. They may also have a sore throat, which can stay for a day or two. Patients will likely fell tired and should plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Unless otherwise directed, patients may immediately resume their normal diet and medications.

Some results from upper GI endoscopy are available immediately after the procedure. The doctor will often share results with the patient after the sedative has worn off. Biopsy results are usually ready in a few days.

Risks associated with upper GI endoscopy

Risks associated with upper GI endoscopy include:

Abnormal reaction to sedatives

Bleeding from biopsy

Accidental puncture of the upper GI tract


Patients who experience any of the following rare symptoms after upper GI endoscopy should contact the doctor immediately:

Swallowing difficulties

Throat, chest, and abdominal pain that worsens

Vomiting

Bloody or very dark stool

Fever








             References: US Department of Health and Human Services;

NIDDK Reference Collection; America Gastroenterological Association;

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons;

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/;