Endoscopy Post Procedure Instructions
After your procedure
Your recovery from your endoscopy procedure will be greatly dependent upon the type of sedation you have. After the procedure is completed you will be taken to a recovery room to be closely watched for one to two hours.
A person being sent home must be:
- Thinking clearly
- Breathing normally
- Able to drink fluids
- Able to urinate
- Able to walk
- Free of severe pain
Patients who have been given sedatives and then discharged need to be accompanied home by a responsible adult and are not permitted to drive themselves.
During your time in the hospital you will be closely monitored by nursing staff, your physician(s) and various other medical personnel to help you recover as expected. This will include frequent assessments of your functioning, vital signs, pain and all body systems.
Your physician will instruct you on the diet that is best for you. Dependent upon the procedure that you have had, it is common to begin with small sips of clear liquids like water, juice or tea and then slowly advance your intake to soups and foods that are easily digested. Once it has been determined that your body can tolerate these foods, you can begin to eat solids. It is advised that you avoid foods that are greasy, heavy, spicy or difficult to digest during the recovery phase.
The level of activity you will be permitted varies widely with the procedure performed. Pain is often a good indication of whether you are trying to do too much. If activity causes pain to increase sharply, you may be trying to accomplish too much too soon, and you should make attempts at resuming your previous activity level more gradually.
When to Call the Doctor with Concerns
The following signs and symptoms are warnings of possible complications and should be reported to your surgeon immediately:
- Difficulty breathing
- Fever over 100 degrees
- Black, tar-like stools
- Pain that increases sharply or suddenly, or becomes uncontrolled with your pain medication
- A decrease in your ability to function or care for yourself
- A change in your level of consciousness or ability to wake
- Persistent diarrhea, constipation, nausea or vomiting
- Inability to tolerate food or drink