Endoscopies are a common procedure used to examine the digestive tract and diagnose various gastrointestinal disorders. The procedure is generally safe and well-tolerated, but there are a few things you should keep in mind in the days following your endoscopy to ensure a smooth recovery.
In general, it is recommended that you stick to a soft or bland diet for the first few days after your endoscopy. This means avoiding spicy, fried, or fatty foods that can irritate the digestive tract and cause discomfort. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine, as these can also contribute to gastrointestinal irritation.
5 Foods to Avoid After an Endoscopy
Spicy food could potentially cause an inflammatory reaction in your digestive tract.
Fried foods are difficult to digest and can lead to abdominal pain and bloating.
Fatty foods can slow down digestion and delay stomach emptying, which can lead to discomfort after an endoscopy.
Alcohol can irritate the digestive tract and can cause abdominal pain.
Caffeine can contribute to gastrointestinal irritation.
5 Foods to Eat After an Endoscopy
Clear liquids are easy to digest and will help keep you hydrated. Examples include water, broth, and unsweetened juice.
Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber and can help regulate digestion.
Applesauce is easy to digest and contains pectin, a type of soluble fiber that can promote bowel regularity.
Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which can help bulk up stool and ease constipation.
White rice is a bland, easily-digestible starch that can help settle an upset stomach.
When to Call Your Doctor
If you experience any of the following symptoms after your endoscopy, you should call your doctor:
- Abdominal pain that is severe or persistent
- Nausea or vomiting that is severe or persistent
- Rectal bleeding
- Black, tarry stools
- Difficulty urinating
- Shortness of breath
If you develop any of these symptoms, please get medical help right away. Most are not serious and can be easily treated, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.
Northeast Digestive Can Help
We hope this list has been helpful in figuring out what you can and can't eat after an endoscopy. Remember, it is important to start with small, frequent meals and to avoid any foods that are fried, greasy, spicy, or high in fat. If you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to reach out to Northeast Digestive. We're here to help you every step of the way!