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Endoscopy Procedure in Dallas, TX

What is an Endoscopy?

An endoscopy procedure is commonly referred to as an EGD. Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure that is used to allow Dr. James Hakert in Dallas TX to examine the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. A flexible scope with a camera and light at the end of it, called an endoscope, provides the images to Dr. Hakert on a monitor for his evaluation. Biopsies and treatment to various abnormalities can also be done through this scope.

The EGD can reveal problems that do not show up on X-ray tests, and it can sometimes eliminate the need for exploratory surgery.

Why Do I Need an Endoscopy in Dallas TX?

Gastroenterology specialists, like Dr. James Hakert, commonly recommend an EGD to further evaluate:
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Polyps or growths in the colon
  • Digestive tract bleeding (both throwing up blood and dark stools)
  • Ulcers
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stomach pain
  • Non-heart related chest pain
In addition, James Hakert, M.D. may use the endoscope to take a biopsy (removal of tissue) to look for the presence of disease at both his Dallas, TX and Rowlett, TX clinics.


How Do I Prepare for an Endoscopy Procedure?

  • Five (5) Days Before Procedure:
    • DO NOT take any aspirin or ibuprofen products. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is allowed.
    • Taking any anticoagulants or blood thinners, such as: Coumadin, Naprosyn, Nuprin, Persantine, Plavix, Relafen or Rufen must be cleared by the prescribing doctor.
  • Day Before Procedure:
    • DO NOT EAT OR DRING ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT.
    • DO NOT EAT OR DRING ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT.
  • Day of Procedure:
    Take any currently prescribed heart seizure or blood pressure medications with a sip of water. Any other medications can be taken after your procedure.
  • If you are diabetic: To avoid dangerously low blood sugar, please do not take your diabetic medication (pills or insulin) the morning of your procedure. You can resume your diabetes medications after the procedure once you have eaten.
View the complete prep instructions Dr. Hakert uses by clicking on his Preparation for an Endoscopy form.


Can I Drive Home after the Endoscopy Procedure in Dallas TX?

• A driver must accompany you to drive you home after your procedure. You will be sedated for your EGD and will be drowsy for several hours after the procedure. You may not drive or work for 12 hours after the procedure.

• YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE OR TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. YOU MUST HAVE A RIDE ARRANGED TO TAKE YOU HOME FROM ALL DALLAS, TX AREA ENDOSCOPY CENTERS.


What Risks are involved with an Endoscopy?

The Endoscopy is a very safe non-surgical procedure. However, there are a few potential complications, which may include:
  • Bleeding
  • Perforation
  • Reaction to sedation

How Much Does an Endoscopy Cost?

Like many other medical procedures, the cost of an Endoscopy is determined based upon your insurance. Dr. Hakert recommends contacting your insurance provider directly to get a better understanding of the expenses related to an Endoscopy. If you or your insurance provider should need any clarification from Dr. Hakert’s office, please contact us at 214-368-6707 (Dallas, TX office) or at 972-475-8183 (Rowlett, TX office).



James Hakert, M.D.
8220 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 214 Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 368-6707
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