What preparation is required?

For the best possible examination, the stomach must be completely empty, so you should have nothing to eat or drink, including water, and oral medications after midnight the night before the exam, unless directed otherwise by your physician.

Do not take any aspirin or arthritis medications for seven days prior to the examination.

Prep for upper endoscopy/morning procedure:

The procedure you are going to have requires that you have nothing to eat or drink after midnight on the night before your examination. It is extremely important that you follow these instructions. Food or liquid in stomach during the procedure could be dangerous if you were to vomit and possibly aspirate the liquids into your lungs. If you forget and eat or drink something please tell the nurse so that she may reschedule your procedure.

If you are on medication for high blood pressure or a heart condition please take your medication on the day of the procedure. Try to take your medications 2 hours before your scheduled time. Drink just enough water to swallow the pills.

If you are going to be sedated you must have someone to drive you home. You will not be able to use public transportation. Your family or friends may bring you to the office and leave. They may leave a number or we can call when you are ready to go home. Your visit will be as long as 2 to 3 hours for your examination.

Prep for upper endoscopy/afternoon procedure:

The morning of your examination you may have a light breakfast cereal, toast, juice, coffee, tea or soda. This meal must be consumed at least 4 hours prior to your appointment. DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING 4 HOURS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE!!

If you are on medications for high blood pressure or heart disease please take your medication on the day of the procedure. If you normally take these medications in the morning please take them at your regular time.

You are going to be sedated and you must have someone to drive you home. You will not be able to use public transportation. Your family and friends may bring you to the office and leave. They may leave a number where we can call when you are ready to go home. Your visit will take as long as 2 to 3 hours for your exam.