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Next Steps

Ask for a referral from your primary care provider.

How to Prepare for Your Procedure

Your doctor will give you complete instructions on how to prepare for your endoscopy. Most types of endoscopy require you to fast before the procedure, but your doctor will clarify this.

Prior to the endoscopy, your doctor will do a physical examination and go over your complete medical history, including any prior surgeries. Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements, and also alert your doctor about any allergies you might have. You may need to stop taking certain medications if they might affect bleeding.

You must plan to have someone else to drive you home after the procedure due to the anesthesia.

What to Expect the Day of Your Procedure

Most visits last about three hours depending on the type of procedure. During your visit, our staff will assist you to your private pre-op and post-op rooms. Each includes a private bathroom and television to improve your experience before and after the procedure. We will guide your family and/or friends to our waiting area for 20 – 30 minutes while we get you ready in pre-op area.

Most endoscopies are outpatient procedures. This means you can go home the same day. You may have mild discomfort after the procedure, and the medication may take a while to wear off. It’s wise to take time off work and to avoid making important life decisions until you’re completely recovered.