Wednesday, June 9, 2010

How to prepare for Endoscopy

What Preparation is Required for Endoscopy?

For the best (and safest) examination, the stomach must be completely empty.  You should have nothing to eat or drink, including water after midnight the night before your procedure.  Your doctor will be more specific about the time to begin fasting, depending on the time of day that your test is scheduled.

It is best to inform your doctor of your current medications as well as any allergies several days prior to the examination.  You should alert your doctor if your require antibiotics prior to undergoing dental procedures, since you may need antibiotics prior to upper endoscopy as well.

Possible Medication Adjustments
Before the test, be sure to discuss with the doctor whether you should adjust any of your usual medications before the procedure, any drug allergies you may have, and whether you have any other major diseases such as a heart or lung condition that might require special attention during the procedure.

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