After your procedure
• Typically an upper endoscopy/EGD takes ~15 minutes & a lower endoscopy/colonoscopy between 30 to 60 minutes.
When the doctor is finished:
⦁ You will pass a significant amount of air that was introduced during endoscopy, while you rest for a short time until the effects of the anesthesia medication wear off.
⦁ Dr. Bahamonde will then tell you &/or your designated health care proxy what she preliminarily found during the procedure, though the final diagnosis and treatment plan will be pending pathology results, usually 2 to 7 days later.
⦁ A nurse in the PACU (post-anesthesia care unit) will let you know when it is safe for you to leave and will give you additional general instructions.
⦁ Take Gas X liquid or tablets (80mg every 6-8 hours) if you experience residual bloating, expected for 1-2 days.
⦁ Please call Dr. Bahamonde’s office or your primary care clinician to schedule your follow-up Telehealth visit for results and recommendations, usually in 2-4 weeks later.