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What to expect

Endoscopy is performed as an outpatient procedure at Lancaster General Hospital. You will be sedated for most procedures, so you will not feel any discomfort. However, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. When you arrive for the procedure, you will change into a hospital gown. A nurse will review your health history and start an IV (intravenous) drip. Before your discharge, you will receive instructions on how to care for yourself at home. Expect your stay to last from one to five hours.

How to prepare

You cannot eat or drink before the procedure. If your doctor wants you to continue taking any medication, swallow it with a small sip of water. Tell your doctor if you take aspirin, ibuprofen, Coumadin (warfarin) or other blood-thinning drugs. You make need to stop taking them several days before the procedure. Depending on the procedure, you may need to fast and take a laxative and/or enema the day before.

On the day of the procedure, bathe and arrive wearing comfortable clothing. Leave money and valuables at home. Do not wear jewelry, contact lenses or nail polish.

Getting your results

Depending on the specific procedure, the doctor who performed the endoscopy may give you the results when it is over. The images will be available to your physician through our electronic health records system. You can also view your results at MyLGHealth, a safe, secure online tool.

It’s easy to schedule an appointment

If your doctor wants you to have an endoscopy, you can easily make an appointment by calling (717) 544-5941.

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