Gastroscopy (EGD) Prep Instructions
What is a EGD Procedure?
- After gargling or spraying your pharynx with a local anesthetic (to prevent gagging) and after receiving a mild sedative, you are asked to swallow a small flexible tube through which the doctor can see inside the stomach, take photos, collect fluids or remove tiny bits of tissue (biopsies).
- This exam is particularly useful for identifying causes of upper abdominal pain.
Before the Procedure:
- Nothing by mouth should be taken after midnight of the night before the procedure.
Patients who take Aspirin or Anti-Coagulants:
- Stop Aspirin or other non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications for 7 days prior to the procedure
- Stop Coumadin (Warfarin) or Plavix (Clopidogrel) 7 days prior to the procedure
Patients with Diabetes:
- Consult with your primary doctor on how to modify diabetic medication or insulin injection
On the Morning of Procedure Please Bring:
- Your current ID and Insurance Card
- A licensed driver to drive you home. Your procedure will be cancelled if you do not have a designated driver.