Upper Endoscopy Piedmont Fayette Hospital

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Important Information for your Upper Endoscopy

*Please read carefully*

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

  • You may have NOTHING by mouth after midnight the night before your procedure. This includes gum and candy.
  • You may have NO tobacco products or marijuana the day of your procedure. Please do not consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your exam.

Two weeks before a procedure:

  • Stop taking any herbal products.

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, Xarelto, or Eliquis 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days before the procedure.
  • Avoid nuts and seeds.

The morning of the procedure:

  • If you take heart medications, breathing medications, blood pressure medications or seizure medications, you must take it at least 4 hours prior to your procedure 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.

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.