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Upper GI Endoscopy Prep

Upper Endoscopy Preparation

Upper GI endoscopy, sometimes called EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy), is a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract, using a lighted, flexible fiberoptic endoscope. You are mildly sedated for this procedure. The endoscope is gently inserted through your mouth into the upper esophagus (food tube). Then, the endoscope is passed into the stomach and duodenum, or first portion of the small intestine.

If you have questions or need to reschedule or cancel your procedure, please call (518) 533-5000.

1 Week Before Procedure

  1. Arrange for a driver for your procedure.

2 Days Before Procedure

  1. Do not take any ibuprofen products (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories – NSAIDS). Tylenol (acetaminophen) is allowed. If you are on aspirin, you may continue the aspirin.

The Day Before Procedure

  1.  No alcohol.
  2. Do not eat after midnight.

On the Day of the Procedure

  1. Do not have anything to eat after midnight the evening before your procedure. You may have clear liquids (no red or purple) up to 6 hours before the procedure.
  2. You may take your essential prescribed morning medications unless otherwise directed by your physician. You may drink sips of water only with your medication.
  3. A driver must come with you in order to drive you home after the procedure. You will be sedated for your upper endoscopy. 
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