Why do I have to repeat the endoscopy?
Although endoscopy is an excellent test to determine the source of gastrointestinal bleeding, like any other test, it is not 100% sensitive.
You may be asked to repeat endoscopy for one or more of the following reasons
- To determine healing of gastric ulcer
- Surveillance of dysplasia in Barrett's oesophagus
- Progress of duodenal ulcer complicated by previous haemorrhage or perforation
- Duodenal ulcer not responding to adequate ulcer therapy
Please note that repeat endoscopy is not indicated in uncomplicated duodenal ulcers.
Will the procedure or surgery hurt?
During a procedure anaesthesia ensures that you're comfortable and feel no pain. If general anaesthesia is used, you'll even sleep through the entire operation. After surgery any pain of discomfort you may experience can usually be controlled through medication and will usually subside in a matter of days.
How soon can I return to work?
This differs widely on the procedure that has been performed, your doctor will advice you on how soon you can return to work.
What is the recovery from surgery like? Will I be able to tolerate the pain post-operatively?
Each patient will tolerate pain post-operatively in a different way. While some patients may describe the pain as an ache, others experience greater discomfort. Appropriate pain medications are prescribed for the post-operative patients, and these help minimise discomfort.
When can I resume regular exercise?
This depends on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first 2 weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Weight lifting and contact sports are allowed at 1 month in most cases.