Upper Endoscopy at Piedmont Fayette Hospital


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When you are scheduled for an upper endoscopy, please report to Piedmont Fayette Hospital registration desk- West Entrance at your designated time.

Someone must be with you while you have the procedure and to drive you home. If your driver is not in our waiting room, your procedure will not be performed.

Procedures canceled less than 72 hours of the appointment may be subject to a charge of $100.00. These charges will be billed to the patient and not their insurance carrier.

Do you have questions about the procedure?

If you have any questions or need to cancel your procedure scheduled at Piedmont Fayette Hospital please call:

Drs. Khandelwal, Kanji, Gryboski: 770-460-3100 Joanne

Drs. Burney, Woods: 770-719-0922 Lisa

Dr. Rudolph: 678-326-4812 Tracy

Dr. Strain: 678-817-6550 x 1430 Amanda

In order to pre-cert the procedure we must have your current insurance card. Our staff will contact the insurance company to pre-certify the procedure. Pre-cert is not a guarantee of payment. For benefit information, contact your insurance company.

Please bring your insurance card, picture ID and a list of medication to the facility on the day of your procedure.

If you have special needs, please notify the staff prior to your procedure. If you are having your procedure in the outpatient lab of Piedmont Fayette Hospital and you have sleep apnea, you must bring your CPAP machine.

Important Prep Information for your Upper Endoscopy

If you vary from these instructions in any way, this includes drinking any fluids, your procedure will be delayed or cancelled.

The Morning of Your Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

You may have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the morning of the procedure except for the medications listed below.

No gum, hard candy or ice chips the day of the procedure.

Two Weeks Before Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Two weeks before a procedure, stop taking any herbal products, including Olestra products. (Olestra is found in fat free chips and snack products.)

One Week Before Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

One week before your procedure, TAKE NO ASPIRIN. Read all “over the counter” labels and take no medications that contains aspirin. Take no Ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve, etc.), no BC or Goody’s Powders, no arthritis medications or anti-inflammatory medications.

You may take Tylenol. Do not take Vitamin E, Iron, multi vitamins or fish oil. All of these medications have a blood thinning effect and could cause unnecessary bleeding.

Your doctor will advise you to stop Plavix, Coumadin, Pradaxa or Xarelto1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days before the procedure.

The morning of the procedure: when you wake up, take heart medications, breathing medications, blood pressure medications or seizure medications with a sip of water. If you have any doubt about whether you should take your medications prior to your procedure, simply bring them with you.

If you are diabetic, read and follow the special diabetic instructions.

Please do not consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your exam.

Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to remove. Jewelry should be left at home with exception of wedding bands. Remove any tongue, lip, nose and cheek piercings prior to the procedure.

The physicians at Digestive Healthcare of Georgia are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In the interest of everyone’s health and safety we ask all patients and their guests who have a fever (100° or above), symptoms of a respiratory infection, or who may have traveled to a restricted country or may have been exposed to a person with known COVID-19, the flu or any other communicable disease to reschedule their appointments or procedures. You will not be charged for canceling/rescheduling your appointment. We will be following CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health’s recommendations for screening and management of patients. If you are at all concerned you may have a serious infectious disease, your best course of action is to seek care at your primary care physician’s office or local hospital’s emergency department.

We have implemented a telemedicine visit for our patients who are unable to be in the office for their appointment. Please call our office to schedule a telemedicine visit with your provider.