Endoscopy Diet

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If you’re preparing for an endoscopy procedure, you may have questions about what to eat, what to avoid, and how to make the process more comfortable. In this section, we’ve compiled answers to the most commonly asked questions to help you navigate your diet before and after endoscopy. Read on to find useful tips and guidance for a smooth and successful experience. Post-endoscopy FAQs also can help you to get a successful experience.

Can I eat before endoscopy?

No, you cannot eat before an endoscopy. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least 6 hours before an endoscopy. Eating before an endoscopy can interfere with the accuracy of the examination and increase the risk of complications. In contrast, fasting helps ensure a clear view of the digestive tract and reduces the likelihood of aspiration during the procedure. However, it is important to follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider regarding fasting before the procedure.

Can you drink water before endoscopy?

No, you should not drink water before an endoscopy. Avoiding water at least 2 hours before the procedure is usually recommended. This ensures that your stomach is empty, allowing for a clear view during the endoscopy and reducing the risk of complications. It is important to follow the instructions given by your doctor or healthcare provider to ensure a successful and safe procedure.

Can I eat after an endoscopy?

Yes, you can eat after an endoscopy. However, it is important to start with light, easily digestible foods such as broth, yogurt, or soft fruits. Avoid heavy, greasy, or spicy foods initially to allow your body time to recover. Gradually reintroduce your regular diet as tolerated. Remember to follow any specific instructions given by your healthcare provider to ensure a smooth recovery process.

How long to fast before endoscopy?

For an endoscopy, it is typically recommended to fast for at least 6 hours before the procedure. This is to ensure that the stomach is empty, allowing for a clear view of the digestive tract during the examination. Fasting helps minimize the risk of complications such as aspiration or vomiting during the procedure. It is important to follow the specific instructions given by your healthcare provider regarding fasting before your endoscopy.
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Dr. Aqsa Munir

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