How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor will give you specific instructions to prepare for your EUS. You may be asked to:

  • Fast before EUS, to make sure your stomach is empty.
  • Prepare your rectum, if EUS is being done in the rectal area. You may be asked to take a laxative or have an enema and to follow a liquid diet before the procedure.
  • Stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners. Blood thinners may increase your risk of bleeding if fine-needle aspiration is performed during EUS. If you have chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding your medications.
  • Plan ahead for your recovery, if you will be sedated before EUS. Most people who have EUS are given medication to relax them. Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
Aug. 12, 2014