Should I Get an Upper Endoscopy?

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How Often Should You Have an Upper Endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy is generally only performed rarely to investigate, diagnose, and treat certain conditions affecting the upper part of the digestive system. Many people will never have an upper endoscopy during their entire lifetime.

How Do You Feel After an Upper Endoscopy?

Some mild discomfort can be expected after an upper endoscopy. These include short-lived symptoms such as bloating, gas, cramping, and sore throat. All of these should resolve on their own within a few days.

Do They Put You to Sleep for an Upper Endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy is performed after the patient receives a sedative. This is not usually general anesthesia, which results in a sleep-like state. Instead, just enough sedative is used so the patient can feel relaxed. However, it still takes several hours for the effects to wear off fully.

What Are the Side Effects After an Endoscopy?

Most patients will experience no side effects beyond the possibility of bloating, gas, cramping, and sore throat as described above. If you experience fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, problems swallowing, vomiting, or discolored stool, contact a doctor right away.

Can You Eat After an Endoscopy?

Most patients will be able to eat as soon as they leave after the procedure. If there is a reason you should not eat for a certain period of time, or should only eat particular types of food, then your doctor will let you know before you return home.

What Does an Upper Endoscopy Detect?

Endoscopy is generally used to detect inflammation, ulcers, tumors, and the source of issues such as chest pain, vomiting, nausea, heartburn, bleeding, or problems swallowing. In some cases, growths detected using the endoscope can also be treated through it.

Can an Endoscopy Detect Cancer?

Upper endoscopy is actually more helpful than x-rays for pinpointing abnormal growths of many kinds, including certain cancers. This is because it is able to investigate the upper digestive system in great detail, including areas that are relatively difficult for other tools to access.

Does an Endoscopy Hurt?

An endoscopy should produce only mild discomfort, both during and after the process. The sedative used during endoscopy allows the muscles to relax so that excess tension does not result in gagging or other symptoms. Post-procedure discomfort should subside within a few days.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from an Upper Endoscopy?

An upper endoscopy does not require a long period of recovery. If any mild symptoms are felt, they will usually subside within a week. However, if any treatment interventions were performed using the endoscope, this can lead to a longer recovery and varying symptoms.

What Will an Endoscopy Show?

An endoscopy provides your doctor with one of the most accurate and comprehensive views of the upper digestive tract possible today. This will enable your medical team to provide you with effective information for making future treatment decisions.

If you’re experiencing stomach pain or chronic heartburn, make an appointment today with the highly experienced gastroenterologists at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of upper GI tract disorders and all digestive problems.

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