Preparing for Your EGD

Patients, please:

Understand that we may call the day before to adjust your appointment time as the doctor’s schedule is finalized

Review procedure preparation instructions below promptly and follow precisely

Watch for an email from our billing department explaining your insurance benefits and estimated payment responsibilities (if any)

Watch for a text and email 3 days before your procedure with a link to complete your required online registration

Answer the call from our nurses prior to your procedure with instructions

Call us at least 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule your appointment for a different day to avoid $100 cancellation fee

Contact us with questions or concerns at (801) 619-9000

You have been scheduled for an Upper GI endoscopy, sometimes called an EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy). This is a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract using a lighted, flexible fiber‐optic or video endoscope. Please follow these preparation instructions carefully and don’t hesitate to call our office with questions or concerns.

IF YOU ARE TO BE SEDATED, A RESPONSIBLE DRIVER MUST REMAIN IN THE FACILITY THROUGHOUT YOUR APPOINTMENT (~2 hours total). NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please read all instructions thoroughly.

The Night Before Your Exam

  • Stop eating all solid food by midnight (12:00 AM) the night before your exam.
  • You may drink CLEAR liquids up until 2 hours before you arrive.
  • Clear liquids include: Water, sports drinks, black coffee, tea, any soda (light or dark), broth, Jell‐O, popsicles, and juices without pulp (NOTHING RED OR PURPLE).
  • NOTHING BY MOUTH FOR 2 HOURS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE! (This includes water, gum and mints. NOTHING by mouth.)

Medications:

  • Take regularly prescribed medications at least two (2) hours before you arrive. If you have an inhaler, please bring it with you.

Diabetics:

  • DO NOT take oral diabetic medication or insulin the morning of your procedure. Bring your insulin with you.
  • Test your blood sugar before coming in for your procedure and bring the reading with you.
  • Please contact the physician that manages your diabetic care if you have any questions regarding your oral medication or insulin dosages.

Blood Thinners:

  • If you are taking blood thinners, call your prescribing physician and ask if you may stop taking the medication for the required amount of time prior to your procedure.
  • You may continue taking aspirin, ibuprofen and other anti‐inflammatory medications.

Bring with You:

  • If using Online Registration, complete the process using your phone or other device. If using paper forms, please complete and bring to your appointment.
  • Photo ID and Insurance Card
  • List of all medications, vitamins and supplements you are taking (include dosage and last date and time each medication was taken before your arrival)
  • Wear a short‐sleeved shirt

Arrive at the Granite Peaks Endoscopy Center at your scheduled time. Please call us at 801‐619‐9000 if you have any questions regarding your preparation.

 

Utah State regulations require patients to have a responsible adult present and able to drive them home after a sedated medical procedure. A taxi, Uber or any other paid driver cannot act as such. Patients arriving without a driver have the choice of rescheduling the procedure for a time when a driver can be present or having their procedure without sedation.