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Upper Endoscopy


An upper endoscopy is also called an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, or an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). You may feel bloated, gassy, or have some abdominal discomfort after your procedure. Your throat may be sore for 24 to 36 hours. You may burp or pass gas from air that is still inside your body.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You feel dizzy or faint.

  • You have trouble swallowing.

  • Your bowel movements are very dark or black.

  • Your abdomen is hard and firm and you have severe pain.

  • You vomit blood.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You feel full or bloated and cannot burp or pass gas.

  • You have not had a bowel movement for 3 days after your procedure.

  • You have neck pain.

  • You have a fever or chills.

  • You have nausea or are vomiting.

  • You have a rash or hives.

  • You have questions or concerns about your endoscopy.

Relieve a sore throat:

Suck on throat lozenges or crushed ice. Gargle with a small amount of warm salt water. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of warm water to make salt water.

Relieve gas and discomfort from bloating:

Lie on your right side with a heating pad on your abdomen. Take short walks to help pass gas. Eat small meals until bloating is relieved.

Rest after your procedure:

You have been given medicine to relax you. Do not drive or make important decisions until the day after your procedure. Return to your normal activity as directed. You can usually return to work the day after your procedure.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.