An EGD is a procedure that allows your physician to examine the lining of your esophagus and stomach. In order for the upper endoscopy (EGD) to be thorough and safe it is important that you follow the directions listed below:
If you are taking blood thinners (i.e. Coumadin) or if you have a bleeding disorder, please discuss this with your physician at least several days prior to the examination.
Aspirin and NSAIDS (i.e. Motrin, Advil, Naprosyn, Aleve, and Ibuprofen) should be stopped 5-7 days prior to the procedure. (5-7days) If you have sleep apnea please discuss this with your primary care physician and call to notify us at the phone number above, in advance of the procedure.
The morning of the examination you should take your regular medications (other than those listed) with sips of water unless instructed otherwise by your physician.
NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE
NO Hard candy, breathe mint, lozenges, chewing gum
Due to 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 own safety, you will not be discharged from the Endoscopy Center unless a responsible adult, over the age of 18, is present to either drive you home or accompany you in a taxi or public transportation.
Not following these instructions may cause your procedure to be delayed or rescheduled
Please call 407-201-3686 for any questions