Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD)
Upper GI Endoscopy
An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (also called EGD or upper endoscopy) is a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract using a lighted, flexible, fiber-optic endoscope. The upper gastrointestinal tract begins with the mouth and continues with the esophagus, which carries food to the stomach. The stomach secretes a potent acid and churns food into small particles. The food then enters the duodenum, or small bowel, where bile from the liver and digestive fluid from the pancreas mix to help the digestive process.
Upper Endoscopy / EGD
COVID-19 Key Instructions
Patients should expect to receive multiple verbal screenings for Coronavirus symptoms as well as instructions on COVID-19 pre-admission testing. Required COVID-19 testing must be performed 3-5 days before the scheduled procedure. Additional safety measures will be reviewed before your arrival in addition to facility patient drop off/pick up policies and caring methods for assistance.
Seven (7) Days Before
If you are taking any blood thinners and this was not discussed with your doctor at the time of scheduling the procedure, please contact us before starting the preparation.
STOP all Blood Thinners such as:
Coumadin-(Warfarin), Heparin, Lovenox, Plavix-(Clopidogrel), Aggrenox-(Aspirin/Dipirydamole), Ticlid, and Pradaxa
STOP Aspirin unless prescribed by a physician.
STOP Aspirin products anti-inflammatories such as:
Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, Naproxen, Celebrex, and Mobic.
STOP Fish Oil and Vitamin E
Allowed: Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Morning Before Procedure
Diabetes Medication take morning pill and STOP additional doses
Evening/Night Before Procedure
STOP eating or drinking any solid foods or liquids after midnight.
Day of Procedure
Take all your other medications with one SMALL SIP OF WATER.
Wear face covering/mask and maintain physical distancing