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Upper Endoscopy

Upper endoscopy is a procedure that lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine).

Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has a camera and light source. Images from the camera appear on a video monitor. A variety of instruments can be passed through the endoscope to diagnose and treat any abnormal findings.

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Procedure Instructions

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  • Any iron supplements should not be taken for one week prior to the day of the procedure.
  • If you take a blood thinner, check with your primary doctor who prescribes it as to when you should stop your medicine. If you are on Coumadin, an INR will be needed at least two days prior (no earlier) to your procedure. Please have your doctor fax this to our office at 952-368-3801 or bring the result to your appointment.
  • Do not stop taking aspirin if you are taking it for blood thinning purposes, otherwise stop taking it one week prior to your procedure.
  • Please bring a current medication list to your appointment.

Day of Procedure

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the procedure. If your procedure is scheduled for the afternoon, you may have clear liquids up to 6 hours prior to the procedure but nothing after that time.
  • Arrive at the procedure facility at your scheduled ARRIVAL time. You MUST bring someone along who can drive you home after the procedure. If you arrive without a driver, the procedure will be cancelled and rescheduled for a more convenient time.
  • During the procedure you will be given medicine through an IV to help you relax.
  • You will be in recovery for a short period of time following the procedure. Plan at least 3 hours total for your procedure.

After Procedure

  • If you have a delicate digestive system you MAY want to eat lighter than normal for your first few hours after your procedure.
  • Possibly avoid greasy and/or spicy foods until after you put something lighter into your system.
  • Unless otherwise directed, you may resume eating normally.
  • Resume all medications as directed by your physician.