Home Care after Your Upper Endoscopy
with Dilation or Esophageal Banding
What to Expect
You may notice a mild soreness in your throat. You may wish to gargle with lightly
salted water or suck on hard candy.
When you have received sedation, you are at an increased risk of falling. You may
need help with things you don’t normally need help with. Falls can result in serious
To prevent a fall:
ξ Ask for help
ξ Get up slowly
ξ Wear your eye glasses
ξ Use your assistive devices such as a cane or walker
You may have a feeling of fullness or gas pains.
You may feel mild chest discomfort.
ξ You must have an adult to take you home. You should not drive today.
ξ Do not drink alcohol. Do not take tranquilizers or sleeping pills tonight.
ξ Rest today. You may resume your normal daily tasks tomorrow.
ξ You may resume your routine medicines unless told otherwise.
ξ Your diet should be liquids and soft foods. Avoid bread, toast, nuts, and meats.
After two days, you may try solid foods, chewing them very well to test whether
you can swallow safely.
ξ There may be some soreness and redness at the IV site for a day or two. You
can relieve this by placing a warm, moist washcloth over the area. Please
contact your primary doctor if this does not improve in a couple of days.
ξ Do not make any important personal or business decisions today.
Call your doctor right away if you have
ξ Vomited blood
ξ Bloody stools
ξ Chest pain
ξ Abdominal pain
ξ Fever or chills
Digestive Health Center, 8am to 5pm weekdays, (608) 890-5000. If after clinic
hours, leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call
If you live outside of the Madison area, please call 1-855-342-9900.
UW Health Digestive Health Center
750 University Row
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
GI Procedure Clinic
600 Highland Avenue
Meriter Hospital Digestive Health Center
202 S. Park Street
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright ©2/2015. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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