EGD-Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

An EGD (esophagogastrodudodenoscopy) is a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract using a lighted, flexible video endoscope. This scope allows us to examine the esophagus, stomach, a small segment of the duodenum and small bowel.

There are several reasons why an EGD may be performed. These could include but are not limited to: abdominal pain, heartburn/indigestion, anemia, difficulty swallowing, bleeding, and/or questionable or history of ulcers.

To allow the physician to adequately see during this procedure, and for your safety, please do not eat after midnight the day prior to your procedure.  You may have water up to 4 hours prior to your procedure admit time. Leave all jewelry and valuables at home. Wear loose fitting clothing (short sleeve shirts are preferred). Anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Celebrex and arthritis medication should not be taken for 5 days leading up to your procedure. Tylenol and Aspirin are okay. If you are taking Coumadin (Warfarin), Plavix, Xarelto, or any other anticoagulant/antiplatelet medication, be sure to discuss discontinuation of these medications with your prescribing physician. If you are a diabetic and taking insulin, call your prescribing physician for instructions. Please check your blood sugar/glucose before leaving your home.

Our staff will attempt to call you a minimum of 2 business days before your procedure. The call will take approximately 20 minutes. Please be prepared with the following information:

     - Medical information that details your own history including surgeries.

     - Complete list of medication and dosages you currently take. Include all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and any other natural organic drugs.

     - List of allergies.

It is very important that we gather this information Prior to the day of your procedure.


Instructions for Upper Endoscopy/EGD

Please report to: Lincoln Surgery Endoscopy Services at 1730 S. 70th St   Ste 120 Entrance D

A nurse from Lincoln Surgery Endoscopy Services (LSES) will be contacting you within a week before your scheduled procedure. Our pre-op phone calls are generally made in the afternoon, due to our nurses being involved with morning procedures.  Please plan on this call taking approximately 10-20 minutes depending on your medical information. This call is very important, so that we may obtain your information and answer any questions you have about your upcoming procedure.     


Preparing for your exa

One day before your procedure

You may eat a normal breakfast and lunch the day before your procedure. However, your evening meal will consist of a clear liquid diet ONLY. Below is a list of a clear liquid diet, please note that no red dye is allowed (no red Jell-O, red drinks etc.) Please limit all dark beverages such as Tea, Soda, Coffee, etc. to 2 cups daily.


Sample of clear liquids:  NO RED DYE


Soda                                      Juice                                      Sports drinks                    Other Options

                All Sodas                             Apple                                    Gatorade                             Coffee/Tea (limit 2)      Water

                Root Beer (limit 2)         Cranberry                           PowerAde                          Crystal Light                      Popsicles

                Sprite/7up                         Grape                                    All Sport                              Jell-O

                Coke/Pepsi(limit 2)      White Grape                      Propel                                  Broths/Bouillons                                                                                                                                                


The day of your procedure:

Upon rising, use one Fleet’s enema.  For best results, please try to retain enema fluids for as long as you are able. You will use the second enema about 15 minutes prior to leaving for your appointment. You may continue the clear liquid diet up until your appointment time.

Please bring your insurance card and picture ID (driver’s license is okay).  Arrive for the exam at the above scheduled time.


While we may have notified your insurance company, it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company regarding your benefits and how this procedure will be paid.


Below you will find some FAQ's that you may find helpful. You should have also received a white envelope from Consultants in Gastroenterology which should contain a pamphlet explaining the procedure. If you do not hear from us, you may contact us at 402-484-9050.


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