Patient Comments: Upper Endoscopy (EGD) - Preparation

Question:

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.

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