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, a Receptionist will check you in. The Receptionist will make a copy of your photo ID and insurance card(s) at this time. If you have not completed the pre-check in process online, the Receptionist will give you an electronic tablet to complete the registration.
A nurse will review and update your medical information, current medications and allergies in your electronic medical record. A pre-procedure physical assessment and vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respirations) will be completed along with an EKG strip and starting an IV. A nurse will explain the procedure and answer questions regarding your expectations of your stay at the Facility. The nurses are very knowledgeable about the endoscopy procedures and will be able to answer most of your questions.
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 will notify them when you are in the recovery area.
What should I wear?
We encourage you to wear loose fitting clothing that can be easily removed and stored. Wear shoes that are comfortable and low heeled. Please avoid wearing jewelry, body piercings, nail polish and cosmetics. Leave contact lenses at home or bring your lens case with you.
Will I see my physician prior to my procedure?
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 notify your nurse and physician prior to your procedure if you think you may be pregnant. Facility staff have the ability to perform a urine pregnancy test on site. The procedure and medications may be harmful to a developing baby & there is a good possibility that your procedure will be cancelled if you are pregnant.