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.
- 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.