How to Prepare For Endoscopy

Preparing for an endoscopy or colonoscopy can be daunting, but once you know what to expect the preparation should go smoothly. There are special preparations for each of the GI procedures we perform. These preparations range from a period of fasting for most upper GI procedures (endoscopy), to invasive bowel cleansing for colonoscopies.

The purpose of these preparations is to ensure you have the safest and most comprehensive exam possible. Please refer to the specific instructions provided by your physician to make sure you will be prepared completely on the day of your procedure. If you have any questions related to your preparation instructions, please call the office at 919-791-2040 and speak with our triage nurse.

Procedure Preparation Documents

Colonoscopy documents

Colonoscopy Preparation: SuTab [PDF]

Colonoscopy Preparation : SUPREP [PDF]

Colonoscopy Preparation : NuLytely [PDF]

Colonoscopy Preparation : MOVIPREP [PDF]

Colonoscopy Preparation : Miralax [PDF]

Colonoscopy Preparation Miralax (with Constipation) [PDF]

Colonoscopy Preparation Clenpiq [PDF]

Colonoscopy Preparation Plenvu [PDF]

Endoscopy and Other Documents

Gastroscopy (EGD) Preparation [PDF]

Before Capsule Endoscopy Preparation [PDF]

After Capsule Endoscopy Instructions [PDF]

Endoscopic Ultrasound : (upper) [PDF]

Endoscopic Ultrasound : (lower) [PDF]

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Preparation [PDF]

Diabetic Patients and Prep [PDF]

ERCP Preparation [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions about Procedure Preparation and the Day Of 

How long will I be at the facility for the procedure?

You will be at the endoscopy center for a total of 2-3 hours.

Do I need a driver? Can’t I just get a cab or wait a few hours after the test before I drive home?

Endoscopies are sedated procedures. You must have a licensed driver to take you home or the procedure will be cancelled. Only medical transportation services are acceptable.

Does my driver have to stay at the facility the whole time I’m there?

Yes. The procedures can vary in length; therefore it is required that your driver stay at the facility so he or she is present when you are ready to be discharged.

Can I work the day after my procedure?

Yes. Your doctor will advise you after the procedure if there are any restrictions you must observe.

What are clear liquids?

Clear liquids are any fluid that you can see through. These include tea, coffee (no cream), broth, bouillon, clear soup, plain gelatin (no added fruit, nuts, vegetables, etc.), Gatorade, any soda, and clear fruit juice. Avoid all red and purple liquids since they can resemble blood in the colon.

Where do I go for my procedure?

The location of your procedure should be written on your preparation sheet and a map should be included in the packet of paperwork you receive. Please be aware that our doctors perform procedures at multiple locations, but the majority of our procedures are done at one of three Raleigh Endoscopy Center locations. If you have any questions, contact us at (919) 791-2040.

What to Expect after the Procedure

How should I expect to feel after my procedure?

Most people have very little discomfort after an endoscopic procedure. If you have a colonoscopy, the most common symptoms are gas, bloating and mild cramping. If you have an upper endoscopy, you may experience a slight sore throat, mild chest tenderness, or a vague sensation of a “lump” in your throat. Though these do not usually occur, they are normal and can last for a few days after the procedure.

How long will it be before I receive the results of my biopsy?

Although it usually takes 3-5 business days for the biopsy results to come back, it may take up to 14 days to receive a call or letter with the results.

What should I do if I think I have a problem after the procedure?

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. Otherwise, you can call the office at (919) 791-2040. If it is during business hours, you can speak with a nurse; if it is after hours, you will reach the doctor on call.

What happens if I need to cancel or reschedule my procedure?

If you need to cancel or reschedule a procedure, call (919) 791-2040 as soon as possible. Please call at least two business days prior to your appointment to avoid a $150 fee.

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