Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What preparation is required for EGD ?





For the best possible examination, the stomach must be completely empty, so you should have nothing to eat or drink (including water from 11 p.m. on the evening before the examination or for at least six hours before its performance.  Your doctor will be more specific about the time to begin fasting, depending on the time of day that your EGD is scheduled.

Be sure to let your doctor know if you are allergic to any drugs.

A companion must accompany you to the examination because you will be given an injection to help you relax.

It will make you drowsy so you will need some-one to take you home. You will not be allowed to drive after the procedure. Even though you may not feel tired, judgment and reflexes may not be normal.

Please bring your X-rays with you, they may be very important for comparison and localization of abnormalities.

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