Endoscopy Prep

LOCATION: Northwestern Memorial Hospital G.I. Lab – 4th Floor Galter Pavilion 675 N. St. Clair – Chicago, IL 60611

Download instructions as a PDF

 

IN PREPARATION FOR THE PROCEDURE

  • Call Northwestern Memorial Hospital at (312) 926-2950 (Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 5:00pm) within 2-3 days of the procedure to pre-register (MANDITORY HOSPITAL REQUIREMENT).
  • Fill out the GI LAB QUESTIONNAIRE and PATIENT MEDICATION LIST.
  • For 5 days prior to the procedure, DO NOT TAKE any ASPIRIN, PLAVIX or any other anti-inflammatory medications, such as MOTRIN, ALEVE, ADVIL or IBUPROFIN.
  • If you take COUMADIN/WARFARIN, contact your Primary Care Physician so he/she can advise you when to stop taking it prior to the test.
  • If you are on INSULIN, contact your Primary Care Physician regarding dosage adjustment.
  • All medications NOT LISTED ABOVE may be taken normally as directed.

THE DAY BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

You must not have ANYTHING BY MOUTH after midnight. However, if your procedure is scheduled after 1:00 p.m. you may have a light breakfast before 7 am, and then clear liquids until 3 hours before the procedure [then nothing]. This includes Apple Juice, Cranberry Juice, White Grape Juice, Black Coffee or Tea, Chicken or Beef Broth, Popsicles®, Jell-O®, Gatorade® or Soda Pop. You MAY NOT have Sherbet, Ice Cream, Milk or Milk Products or Orange Juice.

THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE

Bring the completed GI LAB QUESTIONNAIRE and PATIENT MEDICATION LIST with you to registration. Report to the hospital approximately 30-45 minutes prior to your appointment time. You MUST be accompanied by a friend or relative to drive and/or assist you home. Walking, taxi or public transportation is not allowed unless you have another adult with you. This is strict hospital policy and failure to comply will result in cancellation of the procedure. If you are unable to arrange for an adult to accompany you, you may call the hospital at (312) 926-7614 to discuss transportation options. This MUST be coordinated prior to the date of the test. ***If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please give 72-HOUR NOTICE to our office at (312) 503-6000.*** If you have any questions regarding the preparation, please contact Dr. Ruchim at (312) 503-6000. Please contact Northwestern Patient Accounts at (312) 926-3642 you have any billing or insurance questions.