Endoscopy procedures require preparations that are important to ensure a thorough exam. Your health status and current medications will be reviewed to choose the best possible preparation for you. When you have scheduled a date for the procedure, detailed preparation instructions will be given to you.
Your instructions will explain the following:
- Medication changes: you will be advised if you need to adjust dosage for blood thinners (Coumadin, aspirin, anti-inflammatory), diabetic (oral or insulin), and diuretics.
- Diet changes: usually there are food restrictions the day before the procedure, some time on clear liquids, and then nothing by mouth for several hours prior to the procedure.
- Preparation for Upper Endoscopy: usually includes diet and possible medication adjustments.
- Preparation for Colonoscopy: includes diet and possible medication adjustments plus a laxative to thoroughly cleanse the colon.
- Transportation: you will be given intravenous sedation for the procedure so you will need to arrange a driver to and from the procedure. You should not drive for at least 12 hours after the procedure.