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SOUTH DENVER GASTROENTEROLOGY, P.C.

ENTEROSCOPY PREP

ENTEROSCOPY INSTRUCTIONS

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS WITHIN 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 at 303-788-8888 or visit www.southdenvergi.com.

7 DAYS PRIOR TO PROCEDURE

  • STOP Iron Supplements a week before the ENTEROSCOPY 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 you 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 ENTEROSCOPY

  • It is important for the stomach to be empty so the physician can see the entire area and to prevent the possibility of vomiting during the procedure.
  • NO SOLID FOOD AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR ENTEROSCOPY.  
  • YOU MAY HAVE CLEAR LIQUIDS FROM THIS LIST UNTIL 4 (FOUR) HOURS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:         
  • Clear broth (chicken, vegetable or beef bouillon)      
  • Broth or consommé                            
  • Tea
  • Coffee (No cream, milk or non-dairy creamer)                           
  • Kool-Aid (No red or purple)      
  • Gatorade/PowerAde
  • White cranberry juice                                                                
  • Apple juice                                          
  • Lemonade/ Limeade
  • Italian Ices / Popsicles                                                                
  • Jell-O                                               
  • Hard candy
  • Ensure Clear
  • 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, juices with pulp, nectar or alcoholic beverages.

THE DAY OF THE ENTEROSCOPY

  • 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 any liquids.
  • ONLY EXCEPTION: Take heart, blood pressure and anti-seizure medications with small sips of water at the time you normally would.