Reasons for Procedure
- Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
- Injury to the esophagus
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- A lot of bleeding (including coughing up blood or having bloody vomit)
- Poor reaction to the anesthesia or sedatives
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Soreness and pain in the throat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe swelling in the middle part of the chest
- Tear or hole in the esophageal lining (can lead to bleeding and the need for more surgery)
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital. Also, ask someone to help you at home.
- If instructed by your doctor, avoid eating or drinking for six hours before the procedure.
- Any allergies
- Whether you need antibiotics before the procedure
Any medicines, herbs, and dietary supplements that you take—You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen , naproxen )
- Blood-thinning drugs, like warfarin (Coumadin)
- Anti-platelet drugs, like clopidogrel (Plavix)
Description of Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
Take special precautions during the first 24 hours:
- Rest when you get home.
- Slowly return to your normal diet. Begin with clear fluids and then eat soft foods that are not too hot.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Do not drive or operate any machinery. You will be able to return to your normal activities the next day.
- If you have been diagnosed with GERD, take acid-suppressing medicines as prescribed.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Coughing up blood or vomiting blood (Right after the procedure, you may cough up a small amount of blood.)
- Pain in the esophagus
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chest pain
The American Gastroenterological Association http://www.gastro.org/
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy http://www.asge.org/
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation http://www.cdhf.ca/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php/
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- Review Date: 06/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/60/2012 -
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