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May I pre-register for my procedure?
Yes. We strongly encourage you to have completed all the registration forms before the day of procedure. We prefer that you simply walk in the day of your procedure and be shown to your room rather than fill out pages of paperwork. For your convenience, we have provided an online registration feature.

What if I cannot make my appointment?
Please notify the physician performing your procedure and they will then contact us to cancel or reschedule your procedure.

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What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing. Button-down shirts or blouses are best. Wear comfortable shoes. Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry.

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Should I take my usual daily medication?
We generally request that you take your medication before leaving home with a sip of water we will discuss this on your pre operative call. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your sugar at the Center your doctor will go over this with you at your visit when he is scheduling your procedure. You should be contacted before your procedure leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take. If you use inhalers please bring them with you on the day of your procedure.

Some medications will be stopped for the procedure, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners.. Please call us with any questions you may have.

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May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the procedure. Many of these remedies may affect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before procedure. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?
You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person will be allowed to be in your room with you before your procedure and may sit with you after your procedure if you so choose.

When a patient is a child often two parents and/or guardians will accompany him or her to the Center. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, however, one parent and/or guardian will be permitted into the recovery room at a time.

Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.

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Will I receive sedation before going into the procedure room?
We will individualize each patient's care. Most patients walk into the operating room themselves. Therefore, preoperative medication is minimized.

Will I be contacted before my procedure?
Yes. We call each patient before the procedure to gather information and to helpful to us and hopefully answer any of your questions. Preprocedure instructions will be given by the nurse who calls you. You can also call the Center directly with any questions.

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Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?
Yes. You can comfortably take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, etc. Please do not use make up, hair spray, nail polish or toiletries. These may interfere with the anesthesia monitoring and possibly hide clinical signs from the anesthesiologist.

What should I do if I am not feeling well?
If you are not feeling well, please contact your GI Doctor immediately. During normal business hours, you can call the Center for advice. There are some procedures which are safer if delayed when you are sick. We need to know specific details to make the decision. Please do not delay in contacting your GI Doctor or the Center.

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What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?
It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. Only essential procedures are done on pregnant patients. If there is any doubt please contact us immediately.

May I drive home?
Any patient receiving anesthesia should not drive until the next day. A patient receiving sedation for a procedure needs a ride home. The few patients who have procedures performed under local anesthesia alone could possibly drive home.

We would strongly recommend that all patients have a ride home and will be received by a responsible adult when they arrive home. Patients will not be allowed to drive, walk or take public transportation after sedation or anesthesia. Please make the appropriate arrangements.

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May I speak to my anesthesiologist before the procedure?
All patients will be seen by the anesthesiologist on the day of your procedure prior to entering the procedure room. Sufficient time should be spent to answer any questions you may have. If you need to speak to the anesthesiologist before the day of your procedure, you are welcome to call the Center and we will arrange for you speak with an anesthesiologist. We can also arrange a preoperative interview if you desire.

What if I have special needs?
We will make every effort to accommodate any special need you may have. We strongly encourage you to call the Endoscopy Center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable. Do not hesitate to call and suggest anything that may make your day easier.

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Should I bring my special needs equipment?
Yes. Please bring any walkers, canes, hearing aids, etc.

What must I bring with me on the day of my procedure?

  • Bring case for eyeglasses or contacts
  • Bring insurance identification cards, driver's license, completed billing forms, copayments
  • Bring all medication
  • A copy of your AICD card (if applicable)
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing

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How will my pain be managed?
The management of your pain is of great importance to us. We will be assessing your level of pain from the time of admission until you receive our postoperative call at home. We need to inform and prepare you for each step of the process. This education will begin with our first contact. You will be questioned during your recovery period. We determine your pain level on a scale from 0-10. (0) no pain where (10) is considered intolerable.

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