Upper Endoscopy Recovery
In the first two to four hours of upper endoscopy recovery, you may feel slightly bloated from the air that was placed in your stomach during the examination, and your throat may feel numb and slightly sore. Because of the medications that were administered during the procedure, you will not be able to go to work, drive your car, or operate any heavy machinery for the remainder of the day that you had the upper endoscopy.
After the upper endoscopy (also known as an EDG), you will either be closely monitored in the recovery room or return to your hospital room. If this was done as an outpatient procedure, you will remain in the clinic area for about one hour. If a procedure was done that requires more observation, you may stay in the hospital overnight.
During this time, you may feel slightly bloated from the air that was placed in your stomach during the examination. Your throat may also feel numb and slightly sore. You should expect this to last two to four hours.
You will stay in the recovery room long enough for the drugs that make you sleepy to wear off and to be sure that you are recovering normally. Remember that your healthcare provider wants you to recover without any problems, so be sure to report anything that does not feel normal or "right."
When you leave the hospital following the EGD, you will be given specific instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any further restrictions necessary.
You should be sure to have a friend or family member drive you home from your procedure, because the drugs that make you sleepy during the procedure do impair your reflexes and judgment. After the upper endoscopy, you should not expect to be able to take care of small children or anyone else. Avoid demanding activities and sports, like biking or rollerblading. It is a good idea to avoid making any major decisions, such as signing legal documents, for 24 hours.
After the effects of the medicines have completely worn off, you may resume your normal diet. However, you will not be able to go to work, drive your car, or operate any heavy machinery for the remainder of the day.