If your doctor recommends for you to get an upper endoscopy, don’t fret! An endoscopy is a common and safe gastroenterological procedure.

Endoscopies are used to evaluate many different conditions such as acid reflux, stomach ulcers, Barrett’s esophagus and many others.

During the procedure, a flexible, thin tube is inserted into your mouth, down your esophagus and into your small intestine and stomach. A high-quality camera enables the physician to examine the upper digestive tract.

Here is what you should know and do before the endoscopy:

One Week Before The Procedure

  • DON’T consume Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Fish Oil and Gingko products.
  • DON’T take any anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Celebrex, Mobic, Orudus or Nuprin.
  • DO listen to all of your physician’s recommendations. You may need to stop taking blood thinners or aspirin.

Night Before The Procedure

  • DON’T eat or drink anything after midnight.

Day Of Procedure

  • DO bring a licensed driver with you at check-in that will remain during your endoscopy.
  • DO plan on spending 3 hours at the facility.
  • DON’T bring jewelry or valuables with you.
  • DO wear comfortable clothing and warm socks.
  • DON’T wear contacts.

After Procedure

  • DO use a taxi or ride sharing (i.e. Lyft or Uber) service if needed; otherwise, driving yourself is permitted.
  • DON’T walk or bike home.

If you experience any pain or have further questions, you should always call your physician.