Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that allows your doctor to visually examine the large intestine (colon and rectum) for polyps, ulcers, tumors, bleeding and inflammation. The doctor uses a thin and flexible tube with an attached camera and light (colonoscope) to examine the large intestine. During the procedure, your doctor may remove polyps (precancerous growths) or take tissue samples for further screening.
Your physician will provide you with specific instructions to prepare for your colonoscopy. Your physician will provide you with a preparation regime that must be followed the evening before or on the morning of your procedure. Please follow your physician’s instructions to prepare for your colonoscopy and contact your physician with any questions.
Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
Upper endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD) is a visual examination of the esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine. Your doctor uses a long, lighted tube with a camera to examine the upper GI tract. EGD is generally preformed to determine the cause of symptoms like gastrointestinal bleeding, vomiting, nausea, difficulty swallowing or abdominal pain. Tissue samples can also be taken during EGD to screen for cancer.
Your physician will give you specific instructions to prepare for an EGD. In general, you will need to fast (no food or liquids) overnight to prepare for your procedure. If your appointment is in the afternoon, your doctor may permit you to drink small amounts of water or other clear liquids. Please contact your physician for further information on how to prepare for an EGD.