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SOUTH DENVER GASTROENTEROLOGY, P.C.

EGD Instructions

EGD (ESOPHAGOGASTRODUODENOSCOPY) INSTRUCTIONS

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS A WEEK BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE
If you start blood thinner or weight loss medications after scheduling your procedure or have questions,
please call our office @ 303 788 8888
or visit www.southdenvergas.com.


7 DAYS PRIOR TO PROCEDURE

  • STOP iron supplements a week before the EGD as they can be constipating.
  • If you take BLOOD THINNERS we will obtain authorization from your prescribing doctor. We will call you with specific instructions. If we have not called you within 7 days of your procedure, please call our office immediately.
  • If you take Warfarin, Coumadin or Jantoven, you must have your PT/INR checked the day before your procedure. We will give you specific instructions for this test.
  • DO NOT STOP heart, blood pressure or other regular medication unless your doctor instructs you to do so.
  • You may continue to take aspirin as prescribed.
  • If you are scheduled to have anesthesia, the anesthesiologist may contact you to review your medical history, medications and allergies.
  • If your are on medication for DIABETES, check with the doctor that prescribes it because you may need a dose change the day before or the day of your procedure.
  • If you take a prescription type weight loss medication such as Phentermine you must hold it for 7 days before the procedure.
  • DO NOT STOP Contrave or Naltrexone.
  • If you use inhalers please bring them with you. If you use a CPAP machine, please bring it with you, only if you are scheduled at the hospital.
  • Sedation: Conscious (goal is to keep you comfortable/you may or may not sleep) OR : Anesthesia/MAC (you will sleep). Both may leave you feeling groggy, dizzy, sleepy or nauseous. Vomiting may occur.

1 DAY BEFORE THE EGD

  • It is important for the stomach to be empty so the physician can see the entire are and to prevent the possibility of vomiting during the procedure.
  • NO SOLID FOOD AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR EGD.
  • YOU MAY HAVE CLEAR LIQUIDS FROM THIS LIST UNTIL 4 HOURS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:
    • Clear broth (chicken, vegetable or beef bouillon)
    • Coffee (no cream, milk or non-dairy creamer)
    • White cranberry juice
    • Italian Ices/popsicles
    • Broth or consommé
    • Tea
    • Apple juice
    • Jell-O
    • Kool-Aid/Gatorade/PowerAde (NO RED OR PURPLE)
    • Hard candy
    • YOU MAY NOT HAVE anything red or purple (as they can stay in the GI tract and look like blood), milk, milk products, non-dairy creamers, juice with pulp, nectar or alcoholic beverages.

THE DAY OF THE EGD

  • AFTER 4 hours prior to your procedure YOU MAY NOT DRINK ANY MORE LIQUIDS, INCLUDING WATER.
  • You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth but do not swallow liquids.
  • ONLY EXCEPTIONS:
    • Take heart, blood pressure and anti-seizure medications with small sips of water at the time you normally would.