The preparation for an upper endoscopy or an EGD is fairly easy for the patient. This involves having nothing to eat or drink for a period of time prior to your procedure. In patients with more complicated medical issues, such as diabetes or heart disease, we may ask you to consult your physician regarding timing of taking diabetes medicines, or also obtaining clearance from the cardiologist. In order for us to proceed safely, the procedure itself will involve a patient coming into our endoscopy suite, having an IV placed and having a intake with their history and physical. The procedure itself is just about 10 or 15 minutes and maybe a little longer if more complicated maneuvers need to be undertaken during the procedure. Again, it is a very common procedure and one that is fairly easy for patients to undergo.