A Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining or your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities.
An Upper Endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.
Make sure that you follow your preparation instructions given to you by your doctor.
You must make arrangements for someone to come with you for your procedure because you will not be able to drive home. The person driving must be at least 18 years of age and a licensed driver. If you must travel by public transportation (taxi), you will need a responsible adult (age 18) to accompany you home.
If you do not have someone with you when you come for your procedure, your procedure will be cancelled.
BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure unless your physician instructs you other wise.
If you are on heart, blood pressure, or seizure medicines make sure you take them at least four hours before your procedure. If you are not sure if you should be taking your medications, please call your physician\'s office.
Each procedure we perfom has a different preparation fot the patient. If you have questions concerning your particular preparation please call the office of the physician performing the procedure. If you do not follow the eating and drinking instructions given to you your procedure may be CANCELLED.
DAY OF PROCEDURE
Make sure that you arrive to the center an hour before your procedure. If your physician has ordered antibiotics to be given before your procedure, your arrival time may be two hours prior to your procedure. The Endsocopy nursing staff uses the time to safely prepare you for your exam.
You must bring with you all insurance cards and a photo id. Also bring a list of all the medications that you take. This list will ensure that our chart for you is correct.
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing, and low heeled shoes so that it is easier for you to dress after your procedure.
When you reach the facility, please report to the receptionist and have your insurance cards and id ready. You will be asked to verify your information, and sign our privacy, finanical, and authorization forms.
Your average total stay should be approximately 2 1/2 hours. We cannot always prevent delays. Additional wait time may be caused by schedule changes or emergency situations. We will let you know if there is a delay and help you to be as comfortable as possible while you wait.