EGD Instructions

  1. Have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the evening prior to the  procedure. 
  2. You will be given a sedative at the time of examination. You will NOT be  permitted under any circumstances to drive yourself home. Please be sure  that a member of your family or a friend accompanies you to the surgery  center or hospital to drive you home. 
  3. Please notify our office and the surgery center/hospital of any allergies you  may have. 
  4. Please notify our office if you have mitral valve prolapsed, rheumatic heart  disease or if you take antibiotics. 

Please take your heart and/or blood pressure medications with a sip of water 4  hours prior to the procedure. Please read pages 2-3 regarding discontinuation  of blood thinners. 

Do not take oral diabetes medication the morning of the examination. If you  are a diabetic taking insulin, you are instructed to contact the prescribing  physician for necessary insulin dosage requirements.


Please let your primary care provider know you are planning to stop any medications.

  1. Acid-Reducing Medications

    Proton Pump Inhibitors Aciphex (rabeprazole) Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) Nexium (esomeprazole) Prevacid (lansoprazole) 

Prilosec (omeprazole)  Protonix (pantoprazole) 

H2-Reception Antagonists Axid (nizatidine) 

Pepcid (famotidine) 

Tagamet (cimetidine) 

Zantac (ranitidine) 

  1. Anticoagulants, Blood Thiners, antiplatelet medications: 

Aggrenox – 5 days Coumadin – 5 days 

Plavix – 7 days Pletal – 3 days 

Trental – 7 days Lovenox – 24 hrs 

Ticlid – 14 days 

  1. Aspirin-containing medications:

Bayer, Bufferin, Ecotrin, Empirin enteric-coated aspirin, Fiorinal, Lortab, ASA, Percodan, St. Joseph, Aspirin, Excedrin, Darvon Compound, Norgesic, Forte P-A-C Wygesic 

  1. Non-aspirin, non- steroidal pain relievers: 

Advil, Aleve, Anaprox, Ansaid, Dayrpo, Dolobid, Feldene, Ibuprofen, Indocin, Ketoralac, Mobic, Motrin, Naprosyn, Naproxen, Relafen, Trilisate, Vicoprofen, Voltaren 

  1. Vitamins and herbal medications: 
    i.e. Ginko-Biloba, Garlic, St. Johns Wart, Vitamin E, Multi Vitamins, One-A-Day, Centrum, Fish Oil. 

  2. No restrictions on the following medications: 

Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Avinza, Baclofen, Bextra, Celebrex, Darvocet, Duragesic Patches 


On the Morning of Procedure Please Bring:

  1. Your current ID and insurance Card. 
  2. A list your current medication with dosages, remedies, products, and allergies.
  3. A licensed driver to transport you to your home after the procedure. (Taxi’s are not allowed) 
  4. A signed Consent or "Clearance" form (if required); please notified the staff before procedure date 
  5. Please notify staff if patient is in a wheelchair or not able to walk before procedure day


What to Expect Day of Procedure:

⦁ Check in with the receptionist when you arrive to your appointment to complete necessary paperwork. You will be asked to sign a consent form to authorize the doctor to do your procedure as well sign a Notice of Privacy Practice. If you are a patient under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign your paperwork. If you are an adult who is unable to sign the consent, you must have someone with you who is authorized to sign on your behalf. 

⦁ Plan to be at the center from 90 minutes to two hours. 

⦁ A nurse will record your vital signs (pulse, breathing, temperature) and ask you about allergies and other medical information. 

⦁ An I.V. will be inserted so you can receive IV fluids and medication.

⦁ If you are having an upper endoscopy, you will need to remove dentures, partial plates, and jewelry. 


After your procedure 

⦁ Your actual procedure will last a very short time, typically between 15 and 30 minutes.

⦁ You will rest for a short time until the effects of the medication wear off. 

⦁ The doctor will then tell you what she found. 

⦁ A nurse will let you know when you can leave and give you any additional instructions. 

⦁ Please call Dr. Bahamonde or your primary care physician to schedule your follow-up visit for results.



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