Reasons for Procedure
- Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
- Injury to the esophagus
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Birth defects or after repair of defects of the esophagus
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- Bleeding (including coughing up blood or having bloody vomit)
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Soreness and pain in the throat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe swelling in the middle part of the chest
- Inhalation of stomach contents
- 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 6 hours before the procedure.
- Any allergies
- Whether you need antibiotics before the procedure
- Any medications, herbs, and dietary supplements that you take—You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
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.
- If you have been diagnosed with GERD, take acid-suppressing medications as prescribed.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Coughing up blood or vomiting blood after you or your doctor expect it to stop
- Pain in the esophagus
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chest pain
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
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/18/2014 -