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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Instructions for an upper endoscopy

You are scheduled for an upper endoscopy. During an upper endoscopy your doctor will be using a flexible tube called an endoscope which contains a light and a video camera to look at the inside of your esophagus, stomach and duodeneum. You will be here approximately 2 hours.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your procedure time for registration. If you are unable to keep this appointment you must cancel at least 48 hours in advance or you will be referred back to your primary care physician.

Please follow these instructions completely and carefully:

  • If you take medicine to thin your blood (heparin, coumadin, plavix, warfarin) your primary care doctor must tell you how many days before the procedure you must stop taking it. In some cases you may continue to take the medication but you must check with your doctor first.
  • If you are diabetic and using insulin or are taking oral diabetic medications, contact your primary care doctor for instructions on adjusting these medications for the day of your procedure.
  • You may take your blood pressure and heart medications as usual the morning of the procedure with a sip of water.
  • DO NOT take ibuprofen (Motrin), Advil, Aleve, naprosyn, aspirin or medication containing aspirin or NSAID (Vioxx, Celebrex) for 5 days prior to your procedure.
  • DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the exam unless advised otherwise.
  • REMOVE all jewelry and piercings prior to arriving for procedure.
  • You may not drive yourself home or return to work the day of your procedure. Someone must accompany you to and from the procedure.

If you have any questions, please call the GI office at (916) 734-2890, Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

After hours, call (916) 734-2011 and ask for the GI fellow on-call.