If I am taking a blood thinning or anti-coagulant medication, why can I not undergo a GI screening procedure immediately? If it was during my check-up that my physician recommended that I have a GI screening procedure, can I meet the GI doctor same day
If you are regularly taking anticoagulant medications, there is an increased risk of excessive bleeding during a GI screening procedure. Therefore, you would need to temporarily stop taking anticoagulant medications for at least 7 days prior to the procedure. However, you must first confirm with your physician that you are safe to do so. You can have a pre-procedure physical examination on the same day as your check-up and then make an appointment for your scope when you’re ready.