TNE is a smaller and shorter scope for evaluation of upper part of the digestive tract which does not reach the top of small intestine (duodenum). EGD on the other hand can reach the bottom of the stomach and duodenum. The advantage of TNE is that it is performed in the office, does not involve anesthesia so you can drive yourself home or back to work, and no facility fees will be assessed as it is done in the doctor’s office. You can also carry a conversation with the doctor and ask questions during the procedure!
What preparations are required before TNE?
An empty stomach allows for the best and safest examination, so you should have nothing to eat or drink, including water, for approximately 2-6 hours before the examination. You also need to stop taking any of the following medications (unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Simoni): aspirin products or antiplatelet agents, arthritis medications, anticoagulants (blood thinners such as warfarin or heparin), clopidogrel, insulin or iron products.