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Preparation Procedures for Upper Endoscopy


Upper Endoscopy

Seven days before the procedure

  1. Talk to your doctor if you are taking Coumadin, insulin or diabetic pills.
  2. If you are having the procedure performed because of difficulty swallowing, Do not take aspirin and aspirin-containing products for 7 days. Tylenol is OK.

One day before the procedure

  1. Pre-register by telephone.
  2. Eat normally up until midnight.
  3. You may drink clear liquids up until 4 hours prior to your arrival time. This includes black coffee (sugar is 0K), tea, and apple, grape, or cranberry juice).
  4. You cannot drink milk or orange juice.
  5. Do not drink any liquids including water 4 hours before the test.

Day of the procedure

  1. Arrive at the Hospital at _______ on _________________.
  2. If you have not pre-registered, then you have to stop at the outpatient desk 1/2 hour earlier than the normal arrival time.
  3. You may not drive for the entire day. You may be dropped off and picked up by a responsible adult. The procedure will start approximately 1/2 to 1 hour later. The recovery time in the hospital is approximately 1 hour.