Fortunately, the upper endoscopy does not require a bowel preparation like the colonoscopy, but it does require fasting from midnight the night before your procedure. You should not have anything by mouth from midnight before the procedure until after the exam is finished. If you take blood pressure medication, talk to the physician performing the exam in regards to taking the medication with a sip of water the morning of the procedure. Different people will require different answers to that question, so it’s best to have that discussion before hand with the physician performing the exam.
Please report to either St. John’s Outpatient department or the TOPS Surgery Center (whichever you are assigned to) 1 hour prior to the scheduled procedure time. Leave valuables at home. A watch and rings are OK. Plan to wear loose clothing, sweat pants are good. Bring your insurance card as well. Please plan on having someone drive you home, as it is approximately 12 hours before you can safely drive after the sedation used for this procedure.
Upon arrival to the pre-procedure area, you will change into a hospital gown and be asked to remove jewelry. You will have an IV placed and the anesthesiologist will talk to you about the risks of the sedation specific to you. The physician (most likely myself) performing the procedure will also talk to you before the examination to answer any last-minute questions you may have. After this is done, you will be taken to the endoscopy suite and placed on your left side. Any dentures will be removed at this point. A numbing spray is used to numb the back of your throat. We also place a protective device in your mouth to protect your teeth from the scope an the scope from your teeth.
Again, please call the office with any questions or concerns.
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