Preparing for an endoscopy

Preparing for an endoscopy

Before your appointment, check with your insurance provider. Find out if the cost of the procedure is covered and if you may need to pay part of it.

Your health care team will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare before your appointment. For example, you may need to take these steps:

Avoid eating or drinking anything for several hours before the procedure.

Stop taking blood-thinning medications several days before the procedure. This reduces the risk of bleeding. Ask your doctor about which medications you can stop and for how long.

Take a laxative or use an enema to clean out stool from your bowels. Only certain types of endoscopy require this preparation.