An upper endoscopy is a procedure that allows your physician to examine the lining of your upper gastrointestinal tract. The upper gastrointestinal tract consists of esophagus or food pipe, the stomach and the duodenum which is the first part of the small intestine.
Why do you need an Upper Endoscopy or EGD?
Please discuss with your physician if you are taking any blood thinning medications like Coumadin, Lovenox, Eliquis, or you are having a bleeding disorder. Also please talk to your doctor and notify our office if you have sleep apnea.
Aspirin and NSAIDS(Aleeve, Motrin, Naproxen, and Ibuprofen) must be stopped 5-7 days prior to the procedure.
Due to the possible lingering effects from the sedation, you cannot drive for the remainder of the day following your procedure and therefore you must have a ride home. For your safety, you will not be discharged unless a responsible adult is present to either drive you home or accompany you in a taxi or public transportation.
Please call us at GIO if you have any of the above symptoms and need to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist.