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
Medications Seven (7) Days Before Procedure
If you are taking any blood thinners AND this was NOT discussed with your doctor at the time of scheduling the procedure, please call us BEFORE starting the preparation.
These include, but are not limited to:
Aspirin, Coumadin- (Warfarin), Plavix-(Clopidogrel), Xarelto-(Rivaroxaban), Arixtra-(Fondaparinux), Effient-(Prasugrel), Aggrenox-(Aspirin/Dipirydamole), and all NSAIDs (for example Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, Naproxen, Celebrex, Mobic).
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is allowed.
YOU MUST CONTINUE TO TAKE ALL other medications every day prior to the procedure AND take them with a small sip of water on the day of your procedure.
Diabetes Medication the Morning/Day Before Procedure
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.
REMINDER: DO NOT EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT
Please wear a face covering/mask and maintain physical distancing