Procedure Preparation

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:

  1. Medication changes: you will be advised if you need to adjust dosage for blood thinners (Coumadin, aspirin, antiĀ­-inflammatory), diabetic (oral or insulin), and diuretics.
  2. 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.
  3. Preparation for Upper Endoscopy: usually includes diet and possible medication adjustments.
  4. Preparation for Colonoscopy: includes diet and possible medication adjustments plus a laxative to thoroughly cleanse the colon.
  5. 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.