Before Your Procedure
What to expect before your day of procedure.
Will I be contacted by the facility prior to my procedure?
Yes. You will receive an initial call from a scheduling nurse. The nurse will obtain a medical history and other pertinent information from you for your procedure. Instructions are then mailed to you. If you had an appointement with a provider at the Iowa Digestive Disease Center you would have received those instructions at that time. Please call the scheduling nurse with questions or if you have not received your instructions in the mail or have lost them . About 5 days before your appointment, you will receive an automated call reminding you of your appointment and asking you to let us know if you plan to cancel or reschedule your exam. Two days before your exam, you will receive a second call reminding you of your appointment and to make sure you read the instructions provided by our schedulers.
What tests are required prior to my procedure?
Any pre-procedure testing will be determined by your provider and communicated to you prior to the date of your procedure.
What should I bring?
Please bring a photo ID and your insurance card(s). Our staff will need to verify and make copies when you check-in on the day of your procedure.
Be sure to bring an updated list of your medications and supplements you are currently taking and a list of any medication allergies.
Please do not bring rings, watches, or other valuables with you to your procedure.
Can I drive the day of the procedure?
No. You will not be allowed to drive after your procedure or the remainder of the day. Please arrange for an adult to drive you home. You are not allowed to take a taxi, paratransit or any other transportation services unless accompanied by a family member or friend.
The driver needs to remain in the facility during your procedure so that they can be available after your procedure to speak with the physician in recovery.
What may I eat and drink before the procedure?
Your scheduling nurse will inform you of any eating and drinking restrictions prior to your exam. It is very important that you follow the provided instructions. If you do not, your procedure may be delayed or cancelled. A clear liquid diet is always indicated prior to prepping for a colonoscopy.
Should I take my routine medication on the day of the procedure?
You will be given instructions regarding medications by your scheduling nurse as directed by your provider. If you are diabetic or if you are taking blood thinners be sure the scheduling nurse has addressed these medications with you. Please be prepared to list all medications and supplements (including name and dose) that you are taking.
What can I do to help ensure that I have the proper procedure?
Your safety is our primary concern. Your entire health care team will follow rigorous guidelines regarding procedure confirmation. National Patient Safety Goals have been developed which require your involvement too. You will be asked numerous times to confirm both the procedure you are having and your identifying information. You should take a very active role in all discussions with your physician and our staff regarding the identification of your procedure.
What if I think I might be pregnant?
Please be sure to notify your physician and nurse prior to the date of your procedure if you think you may be pregnant. The procedure and sedation medications may be harmful to a developing baby.
How do I know that I am adequately prepped for my procedure?
It is very important to follow the written instructions provided by your scheduling nurse. Preparations for a colonoscopy begin about 7 days prior to your exam. Read the instructions carefully. If you are having a colonoscopy and followed your instructions carefully, you should have clear or yellowish fluid coming from your rectum when your prep is finished. If you are not passing any fluid or your fluid is brown, please call us for additional instructions. The number to call is (515) 288-3342. If you are having an upper endoscopy procedure, generally fasting for 6-8 hours before your procedure is adequate preparation. However, please be sure you read your instructions to be sure you were not asked to adhere to additional instructions.