Upper GI endoscopy (UGIE)

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About the procedure

The endoscopic procedures can vary somewhat from place to place, but the following is usually true:

  • The procedure needs to be done inside an empty stomach. You will be told not to eat for at least 6 hours before the procedure, usually that means that you should not eat, drink or smoke after midnight the day before the examination.
  • If you normally take medication such as insulin or blood thinners such as warfarin, you should contact your doctor so that the medication can be adjusted. If you are using warfarin, you might be advised to stop taking the medication for the the last 2-4 days before the procedure. This is to avoid excessive bleeding due to the UGIE.
  • If you are using other medicine, like acetylic acid or NSAIDs, you should avoid these the last 5 days before the procedure.
  • You may be given a sedative to help ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. If this is the case, you will be adviced not to drive home after the procedure.
  • If you have known structural abnormalities in your heart, you might need prophylactic antibiotics to avoid an infection in your heart. Ask your doctor about this if you are in doubt.
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