Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
How It Feels continued...
suction machine used to remove secretions may be noisy but does not cause pain.
The removal of biopsy samples is also painless.
You will feel
groggy after the test until the medicine wears off, usually in a few hours.
Many people report that they remember very little of the test because of the
sedative given before and during the test.
After the test, you may
belch and feel bloated for a while. You may also have a tickling, dry throat or mouth;
slight hoarseness; or a mild sore throat. These symptoms may last several days.
Throat lozenges and warm saltwater gargles can help relieve the throat
symptoms. Do not drink alcohol after the test.
Complications from gastrointestinal endoscopy
are rare. There is a slight risk of puncturing your throat (esophagus),
stomach, or upper small intestine (duodenum). If this happens, you may need to
have surgery to fix it. There is also a slight chance of infection after an
Bleeding may also occur from the test or if a tissue
sample (biopsy) is taken, but this usually stops on its own without treatment.
If you vomit during the examination and some of the material you vomit enters
aspiration pneumonia is a possible risk. If it
develops, it can be treated with antibiotics.
heartbeat may occur during the test but nearly always subsides on its own
The procedure has more risk for people with
serious heart disease, older adults, and those who are frail or physically
weakened. Although complications are rare, you should discuss your specific
risks with your doctor.
After the test
After the test, call911or other emergency services immediately if you develop:
After the test, call your doctor immediately if
- Feel short of breath or
- Have symptoms of infection, such as fever or chills.
- Vomit blood, whether it is fresh and red or is old and looks
like coffee grounds.