Preparation for Gastroscopy

For patients doing both procedures please follow the preparation for colonoscopy.

For the best possible examination, your stomach must be completely empty. It is important to follow these steps.

– If your gastroscopy is in the MORNING: FAST FROM MIDNIGHT (NO LIQUIDS OR SOLIDS)

– If your gastroscopy is in the AFTERNOON: YOU ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE CLEAR FLUIDS UP TO 6 HOURS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE 

– If you are taking Coumadin, Aspirin, Plavix or diuretics, it is usually necessary to stop these medications 3 days prior to the procedure. Please discuss in advance with your treating physician to see if these can be stopped safely.

– If you have diabetes: your diabetic medication will need to be adjusted prior to starting the preparation for the gastroscopy. Do not take your diabetic pills on the morning of the procedure. If you are on insulin, discuss what you should do with your diabetes doctor prior to the procedure.

– If you are allergic to any medications, soy or eggs, notify the nurse and doctor.

– You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can take you home after your procedure.To ensure your safe discharge, your accompanying adult must escort you out of the Endovision premises. Taxi or Uber is acceptable. There are no exceptions. Failure to comply with this will result in our inability to perform the procedure under sedation, or we will not perform the procedure at all. If this is the case please reschedule your procedure for a time when you can fulfill this requirement.

– Please bring with you:

– A list of your medications and allergies

– Contact information for the responsible adult who will be taking you home

– The name and fax number of your referring physician