Endoscopy does not require an overnight stay in the hospital and typically takes roughly one hour to complete. Your doctor will provide instructions about the preparation for the procedure.
For many types of endoscopy, you will need to fast for at least six to eight hours. You may be asked to take a laxative, or you may have to drink a special fluid that helps prepare your bowel.
Upon arrival for your test, your doctor will explain the procedure in detail, including possible complications and side effects. The doctor will also answer any questions you may have.
You will be asked about any allergies or general health problems that you may have. You will then be asked to sign a consent form indicating your agreement to proceed with the test.
An IV (intravenous) line will be started in your arm or hand. Most of the time, EGD is performed under conscious sedation. You will be given a combination of intravenous medications, which make you very relaxed and sleepy during the procedure. You may not remember anything about the procedure itself. Because of these medications, you will need a friend or relative to drive you home.