Gastrointestinal Health

Procedure Prep Information

Preparation before a scheduled endoscopic procedure is important. Our goal is to be able to perform a high-quality examination and the safest possible manner. The staff at Gastrointestinal Health are there to provide you with the information and support for you undergo the preparation prior to the procedure. They are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about the preparation or the procedure. The staff will review your medical history, go over your current medications and allergies and prior experience with anesthesia.


To ensure a thorough examination of the colon, quality cleansing of the colon prior to the procedure is essential. The day prior to the procedure you will be on a liquid diet and take the laxatives as outlined in the instructions to wash out the colon thoroughly. You should have nothing by mouth 6 hours prior to scheduled procedure.

Download the Colonoscopy Prep for more information.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible sigmoidoscopy involves an examination of the rectum and lower colon. A more limited bowel preparation is required to cleanse this area. You should have nothing by mouth 6 hours prior to your scheduled procedure.

For more information on how to effectively prepare, download our Procedure Prep information.

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Upper endoscopy involves evaluation of the esophagus and stomach. No bowel preparation is required for this procedure, but you should have nothing by mouth 6 hours prior to scheduled procedure. Full prep details are available below.

Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy is an evaluation primarily of the small intestine. To prepare, on the day prior to the scheduled procedure, you will be on a liquid diet after noon. Liquids that are dairy or contain red dye should be avoided. At 4:00 p.m., you should consume one 10-ounce bottle of magnesium citrate.

You can continue liquids and then after 10:00 p.m., take nothing by mouth. You will be asked to arrive at the office for placement of the capsule study at 8:30 p.m. the following morning. (If you have been taking iron supplements, these should be discontinued 3 days prior to the scheduled procedure).

For more detailed information about your capsule endoscopy, download our prep form below.

contact us

patient forms

procedure prep

Still need answers?

Frequently Asked Questions