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    Procedure Related FAQs

    1. How long will my procedure take?
    2. Will I be able to see my doctor before my procedure?
    3. Will my family in the waiting room know what’s happening to me?
    4. Who will be providing sedation during procedure?
    5. Why can’t I eat or drink for several hours before the procedure?
    6. What medications should I take the morning of my surgery?
    7. Why should I remove jewelry?
    8. What discharge instructions will I receive?
    9. Why can’t I drive myself home after discharge?
    10. Will I be able to recover by myself at home?

     

    How long will my procedure take?

    This will vary by procedure and patient. For most procedures, you can expect to be at the Endoscopy center for two hours from admission to discharge. You arrive an hour before the procedure, and your procedure and recovery are about half an hour each.  Check with your doctor about the specifics of your procedure.

    Will I be able to see my doctor before my procedure?

    Yes, your doctor will see you before your procedure.

    Will my family in the waiting room know what’s happening to me?

    After your procedure, the nurse/doctor will inform them about your outcome. If the procedure takes longer than anticipated, a nurse will keep your family updated. When you are ready for discharge, you may choose to have your family join you in consultation to review discharge instructions with your doctor.

    Who will be providing sedation during procedure?

    Your gastroenterologist will give instructions to the registered nurse who will be administering intravenous sedative medications under his directions for moderate sedation ("twilight sleep"). Our goal is helping you feel safe, comfortable and pain-free before, during and after procedure.

    Why can’t I eat or drink for several hours before the procedure?

    You must have an empty stomach. Liquids or food in your stomach can cause serious respiratory complications when you receive sedatives.

    What medications should I take the morning of my surgery?

    Your doctor or our center nurse will discuss the specifics of your medications with you and give you instructions about what to take and what not to take. Be sure to drink the least amount of water possible with any medications you are instructed to take.

    Why should I remove jewelry?

    Jewelry can cause skin irritations when exposed to the electrical equipment in the operating room.

    What discharge instructions will I receive?

    Discharge instructions are specific to each patient and each case. They will be shared with you in advance of your procedure and again before you are discharged.

    Why can’t I drive myself home after discharge?

    The anesthesia and pain medication you receive will impair your driving ability for about 24 hours. We insist that you have someone accompany you to the center and drive you home.

    Will I be able to recover by myself at home?

    Yes.  Please follow your discharge instructions. We will call you the next day to follow up. If you experience any complications or adverse side effects, contact your doctor or
    call 911.

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