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You had an upper GI endoscopy. Your doctor used a thin, lighted tube that bends to look at the inside of your esophagus, your stomach, and the first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.
After you have an endoscopy, you will stay at the hospital or clinic for 1 to 2 hours. This will allow the medicine to wear off. You will be able to go home after your doctor or nurse checks to make sure that you're not having any problems.
You may have to stay overnight if you had treatment during the test. You may have a sore throat for a day or two after the test.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about what to expect after the test.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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