Endoscopy Instructions


Our staff realizes what a scary time this can be for patients. Our goal is to make this experience as easy and painless as possible for you. Here are a few instructions to help do so.

Important Instructions for the Night Before Procedure

  • Follow the prep instructions given to you by your doctor.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery (not even a mint, gum or a glass of water). However, you may be instructed to take certain medications the morning of surgery with only a sip of water.
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Do not drink any alcohol 24 hours before surgery.
  • Do not use any street drug for at least 72 hours (3 days) before your surgery. These drugs can cause dangerous problems during your surgery. It is very important to notify your surgeon and anesthetist if you have used any drugs in the three days prior to your surgery.
  • Take a shower or bath the night before.
  • Follow all additional instructions given to you by your surgeon or anesthetist.

The Day of Procedure

  • A responsible family member or other adult may be needed come with you. Please limit those coming with you the day of procedure to as few as possible (we recommend no more than two). We reserve the right to limit the number of visitors you have in your room. Children under the age of 12 are discouraged from visiting.
  • With certain studies, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home due to the sedation you will received. Not all studies require sedation.
  • Children 17 years of age or younger must have a parent or legal guardian with them.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Pajamas, slippers and robes are provided by the hospital during your stay.
  • Dentures and contact lenses must be removed before your procedure. Please bring your case if you must wear contacts.
  • All jewelry must be removed. This includes any body piercing and wedding rings.
  • Leave all valuables at home (i.e. purse, wallet, and jewelry).
  • Come to the hospital as instructed. Your procedure is usually scheduled at a specific time. However, time changes may occur due to emergencies or cancellations.
  • The family member or adult who has come with you should go with you to the family waiting area. Your family will be allowed in the pre-procedure waiting area with you before and after your procedure.