Durham EndoSurgery Centre

Preparation Instructions for Gastroscopy

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Preparing for a gastroscopy is easy. All that's necessary is that your stomach is completely empty at the time of your procedure.
MORNING OF YOUR PROCEDURE

NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK.

No fluids at all for 6 hours before your procedure. (example: if your gastroscopy arrival time is 1PM, you can drink clear fluids only, up until 7:00 AM. If your procedure arrival time is 10:00 AM, you must have nothing at all after 4:00 AM)

Tiny sips of water with your medications is OK.

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The "most common mistake"?
Eating solid food for breakfast when you have an afternoon gastroscopy - thinking all you need to do is not have fluids 6 hours before.