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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.

Prep Instructions

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.

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.



All Blood Thinners such as:

  • All Blood Thinners such as:

    • Coumadin-(Warfarin), Heparin, Lovenox, Plavix-(Clopidogrel), Aggrenox-(Aspirin/Dipirydamole), Ticlid, and Pradaxa

  • Aspirin products anti-inflammatories such as: 

    • Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, Naproxen, Celebrex, and Mobic. 

  • Aspirin unless prescribed by a physician.

  • Fish Oil and Vitamin E

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 

Diabetes Medication the Morning/Day Before Procedure

Take morning pill and STOP additional doses


Additional doses


Take morning pill

Evening/Night Before Procedure

STOP eating or drinking any solid foods or liquids after midnight.


Eating or drinking any solid foods or liquids after midnight.

Day of Procedure

  • STOP Insulin

  • Take all your other medications with one SMALL SIP OF WATER.




Take all your other medications with one SMALL SIP OF WATER.


Please wear a face covering/mask and maintain physical distancing

EGD Prep

Need more help?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office. 

You can reach us Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 305-534-4404,

or leave us a message via our website.

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