Monday, June 14, 2010

Complication and after Upper GI Endoscopy

What are the Possible Complications from an Upper GI Endoscopy?

Years of experience have proved that upper GI endoscopy is a safe procedure. Typically, it takes only 15-20 minutes to perform. Complications rarely occur. These include perforation, a puncture of the esophageal wall, which could require surgical repair, and bleeding, which could require transfusion. Again, these complications are unlikely. Be sure to discuss any specific concerns you may have with your doctor.
When your endoscopy is completed you'll be cared for in a recovery area until most of the effects of the medication have worn off. Your doctor will inform you about the results of the procedure and provide any additional information you need to know.

  What Can I Expect After My Upper GI Endoscopy?

You will be given instructions regarding how soon you can eat and drink, plus other guidelines for resuming your normal activity. Occasionally, minor problems may persist, such as mild sore throat, bloating, or cramping; these should disappear in 24 hours or less. By the time you're ready to go home, you'll feel stronger and more alert. Nevertheless, you should plan on resting for the remainder of the day. This means not driving, so you'll need to have a family member or friend take you home. In a few days, you will hear from your doctor with additional information such as results of the biopsy, or you may have questions you want to ask the doctor directly.

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