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Procedure Preparation

Patients are required to prepare for their procedures. If you are scheduled for a procedure with Dr. Alar, please click on the appropriate link to the left, for prep instructions.

The term "endoscopy" refers to a special technique for looking inside a part of the body. Endoscopy is a procedure performed by a gastroenterologist, a well-trained specialist who uses the endoscope to diagnose and, in some cases, treat problems of the digestive system.

The endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera and light on the end. By adjusting the various controls on the endoscope, the gastroenterologist can safely guide the instrument to carefully examine the inside lining of the digestive system. The high-quality picture from the endoscope is shown on a TV monitor; it gives a clear, detailed view.

Before the Procedure

Regardless of why endoscopy has been recommended for you, there are important steps you can take to prepare for the procedure.

Talk to Your Doctor

First, be sure to give a complete list of all the medicines you are taking — including any over-the-counter medications and natural supplements — and any allergies to drugs or other substances.

Your medical team will also want to know if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention before, during or after an endoscopy. It is important they know if you are taking diabetic medications or anticoagulants (sometimes called blood thinners) or have bleeding or clotting problems.

Prepare for the Test

You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for the endoscopy. Be sure to read and follow these instructions.

GI endoscopy can be done in a hospital, an ambulatory surgery center or an outpatient office. You will be asked to sign a form, which verifies that you consent to having the procedure and that you understand what is involved. If there is anything you don’t understand, ask for more information.