Patient Preparation

How do I prepare for my procedure?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night prior to your procedure unless you are instructed to do otherwise. Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your test.

Please bring someone with you who can take you home in case that sedating medication is used during your procedure.

Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. A hospital gown will be provided. Please leave any jewelry or other valuables at home.

Please bring a complete list of your medications. Include dosages and the last time each medication was taken. Please tell us if you are allergic to any medications. Please consult with your physician before the test about medications and/or diet changes if you are diabetic or taking heart or blood pressure medication.

If you have any change in the eight hours prior to your test (cold, fever, etc.) or if you are scheduled for a colon exam and have not been able to complete the necessary pre-test preparations, please notify your physician.

What can I expect?

  • Please arrive at the time given to you by your physician's office. Most endoscopic procedures require you to arrive 1 hour to 1 ½ hours prior to your actual scheduled procedure time.
  • Once you arrive at Memorial Medical Center, proceed to the Special Procedure Area on the first floor. Once there, you will be assigned a room and prepared by staff for your procedure. A waiting room is available for the comfort of your friends or family.

After the procedure

Because of the medication used during your procedure, do not drive a car, take a bus or taxi by yourself, or attempt a lot of physical activity on the day of the exam.

By the following day, normal activity may be resumed.

After your procedure, you may return home with a responsible person. You may be slightly dizzy, light-headed and forgetful. Do not go anywhere by yourself.

A light meal may be eaten when you are fully awake. Regular meals may be resumed when no problems are present. Do not drink alcohol for 24-hours after the procedure.

Do not eat or drink until your gag reflex returns, which usually takes 2 to 3 hours. To check your gag reflex, place the tip of your index finger in the back of your throat.

Mild abdominal soreness is not unusual for one to two days. If your abdominal pain gets worse, or you develop a fever, please contact your physician's office.

After an EGD, or esophageal dilatation, you may have a mild sore throat which may last one or two days. If this occurs, gargle with warm salt water or use throat lozenges.

A small amount of rectal bleeding is normal with some procedures. If a large amount of blood is present, notify your physician right away.