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EGD Afternoon Procedure

Upper Endoscopy Preparation Afternoon Procedure


Upper GI endoscopy, sometimes called EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy), is a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract, using a lighted, flexible fiberoptic endoscope. You are mildly sedated for this procedure. The endoscope is gently inserted through your mouth into the upper esophagus (food tube). Then, the endoscope is passed into the stomach and duodenum, or first portion of the small intestine.

If you are taking anticoagulants or blood thinners such as, but not limited to, Coumadin (warfarin), Plavix (clopidogrel), Persantine, Aggrenox, Effient, Pradaxa, Xarelto or Eliquis, please discuss this with your Health Care Provider. In most circumstances, these medications are temporarily discontinued prior to your procedure.

If you have questions or need to reschedule or cancel your procedure, please call (717) 761-0930.

5 Days Before Procedure

  1. Do not take any ibuprofen products (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories – NSAIDS). Tylenol (acetaminophen) is allowed. If you are on aspirin, you may continue the aspirin.

The Day Before Procedure

  1. You may eat your normal diet.

On the Day of the Procedure

  1. You may eat a “light meal” up until 6:30 am on the day of your afternoon upper endoscopy procedure.Approved foods for light meal:
    Toast (no butter)
    Plain dry cereal (6 ounces)
    Clear liquid beverages (coffee, tea, sport drinks, water)
    **You may not consume any milk, creamer or other dairy products.
  2. You may have clear liquids until 4 hours before your procedure. Stop clear liquids at _____________. No chewing gum, hard candy or chewing tobacco at least 4 hours before your procedure.
  3. At 6:00 am take any currently prescribed heart and blood pressure medications with a sip of water.
  4. Please report to your appointment as scheduled. NOTE: Plan to be at the procedure center for about two to two and one-half hours.
  5. A driver must come with you in order to drive you home after the procedure. You will be sedated for your upper endoscopy. You may not drive or work for 12 hours after the procedure. For later afternoon procedures, drivers must be present no later than 4:00 p.m. The West Shore Endoscopy Center closes at 4:00 p.m.
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