EGD Procedure Information

Preparing for a procedure with UVA Digestive Health, Endoscopy

We are so glad that you chose us to provide your care. Please note that UVA performs endoscopic procedures at two locations.  You can confirm the location of your procedure by referring to your appointment reminder letter. Please follow the endoscopy guidelines and preparation instructions to help make for a successful experience

Food and Drink: DO NOT eat solid food or milk products after midnight the night before your procedure. You may have clear liquids, nothing red or purple, until 2 hours before you arrive for your appointment. DO NOT drink anything after that time or your procedure will be canceled.

You MUST have a driver on the day of your procedure: As you will receive anesthesia medications on the day of your procedure, you must have a responsible adult 18 years or older who can drive you home.  For your safety, UVA Health recommends that this person stay with you for several hours after your procedure.  You may not drive for 24 hours after your procedure. To help control the number of people in our waiting room, we will only allow 1 visitor per patient in the building. We apologize for the inconvenience, but children will not be allowed in the waiting room.

Medication and allergy information: Please bring a complete list of your current medications, their doses, and any allergies you may have.

IMPORTANT: If you have diabetes or are on a blood thinner other than aspirin, please call your doctor at least 10 days before your procedure date for further instructions regarding medication adjustments. 

Pacemaker or Internal Defibrillator: Please bring your device information card with you. 

CPAP Machine:  If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine at home, please bring it with you even if you rarely use it.  Ensure that all components, including the power cord, are included.

Personal belongings: Please leave jewelry and other valuables at home.  Please do not wear contacts the day of your procedure.  If you wear glasses, hearing aids, or dentures, please bring a case with you to store these items during your procedure.

We strive to provide the safest care for all of our patients.  As a result, some procedures may take longer for some patients than others. We ask for your patience and that you plan to be with us at least 2 to 4 hours.    

If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call the UVA Endoscopy scheduling team as soon as possible at: (434) 924-9999.