- Please follow your physician's instructions for your procedure.
- Please leave all valuables and jewelry at home.
- ALL body piercings must be REMOVED. If unable to do so, please contact your physician for further instruction. Not removing piercings may result in cancellation of your procedure.
- If you wear contacts or glasses, please bring a case for them.
- Wear Loose, comfortable clothing. Your clothing will be in a bag during procedure, so keep that in mind. Wear socks so feet stay warm.
- You may be instructed to take morning doses of certain medications with a "sip of water".
- If you are taking Coumadin, Aspirin, or any other type of blood thinner or herbal medication please check with your gastroenterologist/primary doctor about discontinuing these before procedure.
- For questions regarding preparation for your procedure - please contact your gastroenterologist.
- Please bring insurance card(s) and a photo ID. Failure to comply may result in cancellation of your procedure.
- To obtain your health history.
- To answer any questions you may have.
Post-ProcedureYou should plan to go home and rest for the remainder of the day. You will be given medications that will temporarily impair your judgment and reflexes. Therefore, for the next twenty-four (24) hours, you should not:
- Drive a car, operate machinery or operate power tools.
- Drink any alcoholic beverages, take tranquilizers, or sleeping pills.
- Make critical decisions such as signing legal documents.
If your physician has given you a prescription, it should be filled at a pharmacy and then taken as directed. You may resume any other medications you have unless advised not to by your doctor.
- You may resume your usual diet as tolerated when alert, unless otherwise directed.
- For your safety and protection, it is required to have a responsible caregiver with you after your procedure.
- At time of your discharge, you and your responsible caregiver will be given instructions specific to your specific procedure and physician.
- Sometimes the medications used may cause soreness at the IV site. To relieve discomfort we suggest using ice packs for bruising and moist heat three times a day for soreness without bruising. If no improvement is seen in 2 days call your physician.
If you experience any of the following symptoms call your physician or come to the Emergency Room:
- excessive nausea or vomiting
- temperature elevation over 101℉
- excessive chest pain
- vomiting blood
- black or tarry stools
- excessive abdominal pain
- if you see more than a few teaspoons of bright red blood
Occasionally following an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy your throat may feel a little sore. We suggest gargling two or three times a day with a little warm salt water.
Call your physician's office if he has not called you regarding your biopsy results in seven (7) to ten (10) working days.