Patient Comments: Upper Endoscopy (EGD) - Preparation


In what ways did you prepare for your upper endoscopy? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Patricia, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 01

I was fasting, NPO (nil per os) after midnight, for my upper endoscopy.

Comment from: JGi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I've had abdominal pain and diarrhea for over 6 weeks, and been going to the emergency room (ER) 3 times. The pain stops if I don't eat. Diarrhea and pain are now back, it hurts in my left side and upper stomach and through my back. I don't know what to do. I can't eat, hurts to drink water, and at the ER they said I had a urinary tract infection, but antibiotics make me even sicker.

Comment from: Carrie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

The preparation for the upper endoscopy I had yesterday was very minimal. I had to stop eating all solid foods at midnight the night before. Then since it wasn't scheduled until 1:00 in the afternoon I was allowed to have a clear liquid breakfast. Six hours before the procedure I wasn't allowed to have anything else, not even water. I was also told to take my prescription medicines at least 6 hours before and to discontinue taking all over the counter medicines the night before.

Comment from: Janae, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I had the upper endoscopy several times before due to a congenital throat stricture. I must have my esophagus dilated so I don't choke on food. Past times (over 18 years) I had no trouble at all, I was given conscious sedation and remembered very little of the procedure. Today, I had the endoscopy and a colonoscopy both at the same time. This time the conscious sedation did not help much, it was painful. I felt the colonoscopy mostly and it was pretty unpleasant. I told them about the pain and she said the next time they would do it with full anesthesia instead. Doesn't the conscious sedation do the trick, or why would I need full sedation! I didn't get an answer that made sense to me. Nothing has changed for 15 years and the dose of conscious sedation has been working for each time, for over 6 times, every 2 years.

Comment from: joan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

My endoscopy was performed yesterday morning at a facility especially set up for gastric problems. I had to fast from midnight the night before, meaning no food or drink. Everything was easy and went as expected.

Comment from: Allen, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: August 17

To prepare for my upper endoscopy, I stopped eating 25 hours to the procedure time and only drank clear liquids up to two hours before the procedure.


GERD is the back up of stomach acid into the esophagus. See Answer