Day of Procedure
What to expect the day of your procedure?
What will happen when I arrive at the facility?
When you arrive at the facility, you will be checked-in by a member of our Receptionist Staff. The receptionist will take a copy of your photo id and insurance card(s) at this time. The receptionist will review your contact information and have you complete a HIPPA form.
The admission process is usually very quick as we have obtained most of your information prior to your arrival. A nurse will update and review your medical information and current medications in your electronic medical record. A pre-procedure assessment will be completed along with taking your vital signs and starting an IV. A nurse will explain the procedure and expectations of your stay at the facility. The nurses are very knowledgeable about the endoscopy procedures and can answer most questions you may have.
We understand family and friends will be anxious while you are having your procedure. We will make every effort to keep them informed of your progress and when they will be able to re-join you after the procedure.
What should I wear?
For your comfort, we encourage you to wear clothing that can be easily removed and stored. Wear shoes that are comfortable and low heeled. Please avoid wearing any jewelry, piercings, nail polish and cosmetics, and leave contact lenses at home or bring your lens case with you.
Will I see my physician prior to surgery?
Yes. Your physician will visit with you in the procedure room prior to administering any sedation. At this time you will have an opportunity to have any remaining questions answered.
How long will I be at the facility for my procedure?
The usual expected length of stay at the facility is about 3 hours. You must arrive 1 hour prior to your procedure. The procedure can last about 20-40 minutes. Recovery may last up to 1 hour if everything goes without incident.
When should I arrive?
Your instructions will tell you when you are to arrive at the facility. Generally, we ask that you arrive 1 hour before your exam. It is important that you arrive at the designated time.
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 medications may be harmful to a developing baby.