Preparation at Home
Follow procedure-specific instructions provided by your doctor’s office. General instructions include:
For Colonoscopy: The colon and rectum must be completely empty for examinations of the colon to be thorough and safe. Your doctor will recommend a colon prep for you, based on your medical history. You will be instructed to drink only clear liquids the day before your scheduled procedure. A liquid diet means clear, fat-free bouillon or broth, gelatin, popsicles, Gatorade, strained fruit juice (no red or purple liquids), water, plain and unsweetened coffee or tea, or clear soda. Drink plenty of clear fluids after each prep dose (stop drinking 4 hours before your exam).
For Upper Endoscopy Procedures: Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your exam.
* If your exam is in the afternoon, you may have clear liquids up to 4 hours prior to your procedure.
We strongly recommend that you do not smoke, chew gum, or drink alcohol within 24 hours of your procedure. This includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other substances. These activities can cause complications during or after the procedure. Failure to comply may result in the cancellation of your procedure.
What to bring & what not to bring:
- Please bring your insurance card, photo I.D. & an updated list of medications with you.
- If you have an Advance Directive, please bring a copy.
- Your required co-pay, co-insurance and/or deductible payment.
- You are welcome to bring your own reading material. Wireless Internet access is available.
- Bring your CPAP machine if you use one for sleep apnea.
- No jewelry should be worn. Please leave all valuables at home.
- Please remove nail polish
- Do not wear contact lenses the day of the procedure.
Medications & Lab Work
Bring a list of current medications (dosage & frequency). Include over-the-counter & herbal medicines. Bring your inhaler if you have one. Follow your physician’s instructions regarding medications prior to procedure. Any patient currently taking blood thinners (such as Coumadin, Plavix, Aspirin, Pradaxa) is required to discuss stopping this medication with their physician.
A urine pregnancy test will be required upon arrival for any female who has not had a hysterectomy, tubal ligation or completed menopause.
During your procedure, you will receive anesthesia through intravenous injection of various sedatives. Please alert the staff if you have any allergies to medications, or if you have had difficulties in the past with anesthesia.
You will be instructed to arrive one hour before your procedure time. Please note due to schedule changes, you may be called to come at a different time. We ask that one person accompany you to the Center to assist you and drive you home. Small children should be left in the care of other family members at home. Your driver must stay in the waiting room during your procedure. Patients without an escort present will have their procedures rescheduled. After receiving anesthesia you will not be permitted to drive for 24 hours. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF. A taxi ride is not an acceptable form of transportation home. The length of stay from admission to discharge is approximately 2 hours.
We ask that no food and drink be consumed in the waiting area...all of our patients are fasting before their procedures. We do offer Free Wi-Fi internet service for your convenience.
Parking / Smoking
Free Parking in front of the building. Please note there are designated spaces for handicap parking and patient pick-up. There is no smoking allowed on the premises ~ inside or outside on the Center property.
After Your Procedure
POST-OP CARE: Your family member/ driver will be brought to the recovery area after your procedure where the physician will review the test results with them. Please let a staff member know before your procedure if you do not wish to have these results discussed with your family member / driver. You should not make important decisions or sign legal papers for 24 hours after the procedure. If you have Sleep Apnea, a responsible adult must remain at your side to observe you for at least 2 hours after discharge. If you have any breathing problems - CALL 911.
After your procedure you may eat and drink (as tolerated). Avoid spicy and greasy foods the day of your procedure. Colonoscopy patients should not expect a bowel movement for 1 - 2 days after the procedure. Please review discharge instructions provided by the nursing staff.
FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS: Most patients will have a follow up appointment to see their physician after their procedure. This is usually 7-10 days after the procedure. If you do not have an appointment or need to verify the date / time of your follow-up, please call your physician's office.
Call your physician’s office for any questions regarding your procedure. Any questions that you may have the morning of your procedure you may contact the Endoscopy Center at (704) 772-4455.