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The Endoscopy Center, Inc.:

(605) 721-8121

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Address :

2820 Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City, SD 57701

EGD Instructions

To help our patients better prepare for an Upper Endoscopy at The Endoscopy Center or Monument Health we have put together a list of instructions. Please read carefully and contact us with any questions.

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EGD Instructions.

All patients undergoing an Upper Endoscopy will receive sedation for their procedure. You must be accompanied by an adult friend, relative, or caregiver to drive you home. You may not take a taxi or bus unaccompanied after your procedure. If you do not have a driver, your procedure will be cancelled and have to be rescheduled.

If you are scheduled at The Endoscopy Center and you have any questions regarding pre-authorization, network participation or your financial responsibility. For questions please call (800) 336-3503 ext. 3507 to speak to the Patient Benefits Coordinator for Assistance. 

Please do not wear any jewelry, piercings, or eye makeup to your appointment and plan to be there for 2-3 hours. You will also need to bring a picture ID, insurance cards, and co-pay or deductible portion of your procedure with you.

Please follow instructions as directed or a delay in your procedure may occur:

  1. If you take blood thinners, Phentermine (Adipex-P, Lomaira, Suprenza), or Contrave (Naltrexone-bupropion), please notify us and contact your prescribing physician if you have not already received instructions about holding these medications.
  2. If you take a GLP-1 agonist for weight loss or diabetes, please see the Medication Information page regarding adjusting these medications. You will need to stop these medications up to 7 days before procedure.
  3. If you are diabetic, please check with your prescribing physician for detailed instructions on adjusting medications.
  4. No solid foods after midnight on the day the procedure is scheduled.
  5. On the day of your procedure:
    1. You may have clear liquids (7-Up, Apple Juice, Water, Black Coffee) until 5:30am if your appointment is before 12:30pm. If your appointment is after 12:30pm, you may have clear liquids up to 10:30am.
    2. Do not smoke, chew tobacco or gum, use toothpicks, or hard candy after you have stopped clear liquids.
    3. Take your prescribed medications as ordered prior to 5:30am if your appointment is before 12:30pm and prior to 10:30am if your appointment is after 12:30pm.
    4. Please hold all supplements, vitamins, NSAIDS and aspirin the morning of your procedure.
    5. If you have a diagnosis of gastroparesis, please do not have solid food the whole day prior to your procedure - clear liquids only.