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Patient Instructions for Endoscopy

Before your procedure
Please be prepared to tell us the following information to make sure your procedure goes as smoothly and safely as possible.

Are you taking any medication?
It is important for us to evaluate all of the medications you are taking to make sure the medications we give you will safely interact with them.

If you are taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, coumadin, heparin or lovenox, we need to know when you last took them, as these medications can increase your risk of bleeding.

What’s your medical and surgical history?
Knowing your medical and surgical history helps us to better understand your medical background and provides an overall picture of your health care needs.

Do you have a pacemaker/defibrillator?
Before using some of our equipment, it is important for us to know if you have a pacemaker or defibrillator s o we can prevent our equipment from interfering with them.

Any allergies to medication or latex?
If you are allergic to certain medications or latex, please let us know so you are not exposed to them.

Do you have a safe discharge plan?
Please tell us who will sign your discharge paper, drive you home, and stay with you for the remainder of the day. It is important that a responsible adult is with you during this time.

The day of your procedure

What to bring

Please bring your insurance information and social security number with you on the day of your procedure. If your insurance requires a hospital co-payment, it should be paid at the time of service.

After your procedure
You must have a responsible adult with you when you are discharged. This person needs to hear your discharge instructions, sign them, and drive you home. A taxi is not an acceptable ride unless you have a responsible adult with you. For your safety, you must have someone stay with you for the remainder of the day.

Answers to commonly asked questions
Q: How long is the procedure and recovery?

Most procedures last between 15 and 45 minutes. Some may take less time and others may take longer. Recovery time is approximately one hour. During your recovery we monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen level to make sure they return to pre-procedure levels. Before you are discharged we make sure you feel comfortable and are ready to go home.

Q: Will I be “put to sleep?”

The medication that you are given for the test will help to make you comfortable. It is a combination of a narcotic (medication for pain) and a sedative (medication to relax). You will most likely be very relaxed or, possibly, sleeping. If you are uncomfortable, please let us know.

Q: How will I feel later?

People have different tolerance levels to the medication. Because the medication we use during the procedure stays in your system for a few hours, you are instructed not to drive, drink alcohol, work, sign papers or contracts, or be alone for the rest of the day. We encourage you to take it easy and relax.

Q: Will I get my test results the same day?

Yes. Either the nurse or physician will go over your test results, discharge instructions, and physician recommendations with you before you go home.

Q: Why do some of your questions seem repetitive?

Our goal is to ensure that our patients have a safe and comfortable procedure. Sometimes patients are nervous or anxious before the procedure and may forget to inform us of certain information. Asking questions repeatedly helps insure your safety.

Q: In the waiting room, why are other patients' names called before mine when I was here first?

There are several physicians performing procedures in different rooms in our Unit. Each physician works at a different pace and some procedures may take longer than others. We will call your name as soon as your physician is available. Thank you for your patience.

Q: How are the scopes cleaned?

All of our scopes are sterilized immediately after each use.

Your safety and satisfaction are our #1 priority.

  1. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have. We welcome your questions and feedback and want you to be comfortable while you are with us.

  2. Please provide accurate and thorough information when you complete your medical history form including your surgical history and known allergies. This information helps us deliver quality, safe care to you.

  3. Please remember to tell us all of the current medications you are taking when we ask. This includes medication prescribed by your physician, and medications you take on your own, including vitamins and supplements.

  4. Make sure the nurses check your name and birth date in the pre-procedure room and the procedure room.

  5. After your procedure you may feel dizzy or lightheaded when you stand as a result of the medication. Please let us know if you need assistance to reduce your risk of falling.

  6. Ask the nurses or physicians to review your results with you again if you don’t understand or remember them the first time.

  7. Before you leave, please make sure you and your driver understand the discharge instructions. Know how to reach your physician, if needed.
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