Bravo Endoscopy Instructions

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At check in time: see DIRECTIONS TO OUR FACILITY, checking in at either Oregon Endoscopy Center (OEC) or the Surgical Procedure Area (SPA).

To prepare for Bravo Endoscopy, follow these instructions carefully:

Please inform the procedure scheduler if you have an allergy to nickel, as a different procedure will need to be ordered due to equipment.

48‑72 hour pH monitoring is a test to determine the severity of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This test shows us which symptoms could be from gastroesophageal reflux disease or if you might benefit from surgery to correct gastroesophageal reflux.

  • Acid reducing medication needs to be discontinued for the testing. Stop taking Prilosec, Nexium, Aciphex, Protonix, or Prevacid 7 days before the test.
  • H2 Blockers (Tagamet, Zantec, Axid, Pepcid) should be stopped 3 days before the test.
  • Antacids (Tums) should be stopped 24 hours before test.
  • No solid food or milk products after midnight on the day prior to your procedure.  After midnight you may have ONLY CLEAR LIQUIDS such as black coffee, tea, soda, water, apple juice, white grape juice, excluding broth and Jell‑O.  You should have nothing by mouth including water, chew tobacco, cigarettes, gum or mints 4 hours prior to check in except for your medications.
  • Take your usual medications (except the ones that are listed above) with a small sip of water the morning of your exam including pain relievers and anti‑anxiety medications.   If you are taking blood thinning medications or  diabetic medications, follow the MEDICATION INSTRUCTIONS unless specified by our office with special instructions. You may continue aspirin products.

We are limiting the patients and people in our clinic and Oregon Endoscopy Center; drivers and family will be asked to wait outside the facility or in their cars during the procedure. If you are scheduled at OEC you will be with us for 2 hours. If you are scheduled at SPA you will be with us for 3-4 hours. You are having a medical procedure with sedation which requires you have a driver after your procedure. If you do not have a driver or responsible adult, we will reschedule your procedure. You cannot drive again until the next day. You may use a medical transport service, taxi or bus with a responsible adult to accompany you home. For safety reasons, we recommend that you have a responsible adult with you for a few hours after your procedure.

Because we are interested in knowing whether certain symptoms are associated with acid in the esophagus, we will ask you to keep a written log. In this log you will mark the time and duration of certain symptoms such as chest pain, heartburn and cough. You will wear an external receiver that will collect and record the data from the sensor. You must return the equipment to this facility you were scheduled at.

 

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