Because every patient is unique, instructions vary from one patient to another. So, it is important to follow your doctor’s directions closely for the best experience. Failing to follow instructions or complete the preparation may cause a delay. Or, your doctor may cancel the procedure.

The checklist below covers typical guidelines to help you prepare for endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures.

Before Your Procedure

  • HMG’s Endoscopy Center nurse will call you prior to your procedure to discuss medications you need to stop or continue prior to your endoscopy/colonoscopy. Please ask about any herbs or over-the-counter medications at that time.
  • The time to stop foods and drinks may vary, depending on the endoscopy procedure you have. In addition, prep for a colonoscopy differs from an upper endoscopy. When HMG’s nurse calls you, he or she will review the instructions (including food and drink restrictions) for your specific procedure.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to remove and put back on. Remember, your drowsiness can make dressing more challenging.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry.
  • If you wear contact lens or glasses, bring your case to store them during your procedure.

Morning of Procedure

  • Tell your nurse if you were unable to complete the preparation as prescribed.
  • Have your medications or a list of medications (including the dosage) with you.
  • Take only the medications the HMG nurse told you to take the morning of your procedure. Swallow medication with a few sips of water.
  • Ask a family member or friend to drive you. Your driver must remain during the procedure. He or she is responsible for driving you home. The procedure will not be done if you do not have a driver.
  • Bring your driver’s license, insurance card(s) and payment (these can stay with your driver during the procedure.).
  • Leave all valuables at home (purse, wallet, money, etc.) that you don’t need for check-in.

After Procedure

  • Because you may be drowsy, your family or friend driving you should ask if there are any changes in your food or drink restrictions
  • Do not drive or sign any legal documents for 24 hours after your procedure. Medications for twilight sedation may have lingering effects even if you do not feel it.
  • Contact HMG’s Endoscopy Center or doctor if you have pain, fever or questions after you are home.