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Before My Procedure

A Health History Nurse will call you prior to your procedure to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process.

A scheduler will call you the day before your procedure, review special instructions and answer any questions you have.  If you have not received a call by {the day before your procedure or have additional questions please call us at 727-447-0888 between 7:30am-4:00PM we do not accept voicemail so you will receive personalized care therefore if you don’t receive an answer please call back during office hours.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before procedure to prevent delay or cancellations.

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Food and Drink

If you are arriving BEFORE noon:
Do not eat food ,nor dairy products after midnight. Do not drink after midnight unless otherwise instructed the night before your procedure . 
If you are arriving AFTER noon:
You may eat toast with jelly no later than  six (6) hours prior to your arrival time if you are having an Uper Endoscopy if you are having a Colonoscopy you are ONLY to drink Clear Liquids up to 4 hours of your procedure but avoid dairy products after midnight.  You may have clear, non-alcoholic liquids up to four(4)hours before your arrival time.

Alcohol – Follow the instructions that were given to you from your GI Doctor. If your doctor allows you to have clear liquids, make sure that you don't drink any liquids within 4 hours prior to your arrival time.


Clothing – Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Valuables – Please leave valuables at home.

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Notify The Center & Your GI Doctor If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the GI Doctor and the day of your procedure.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal medicines.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your procedure.  You can discuss this with your GI Doctor. 

What You Need The Day Of The Procedure:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses. If you have a Internal defibrillator you must bring in the copy of your AICD card or your procedure may be delayed or rescheduled. A copy must be on your chart before your procedure begins.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation unless cleared prior to date of procedure. Call us for acceptable transportation services.
  • Escort: We encourage you to have A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver to stay with you or be available at your request for 12 hours after your procedure is completed.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, and interpreter is required.  If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department 727-447-0888 as soon as possible. 

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