What to Expect
Upon arrival to the Endoscopy Center, you will be greeted at the front desk by a staff member. After signing a facility consent form, an identification band will be placed on your wrist. You will also be asked to provide us with the name and telephone number of the person who will be driving you home. Plan on being with us for about 2 hours.
An endoscopy nurse will bring you into the pre-procedure area where you will have a medical assessment and an IV started. Your blood pressure, pulse, and respirations will also be monitored. Your physician will meet with you and have you sign a permission form for the administration of medications during your procedure.
Next, you will be brought by stretcher into the procedure room. Nasal oxygen will be applied. Resting flat on your left side, you will receive sedatives through your intravenous catheter. Once you become drowsy and/or fall asleep, your physician will perform the 20-30 minute procedure. Every effort will be made to ensure your comfort during your procedure.
Following your procedure, you will be brought into the recovery area. If you had a colonoscopy, you will be asked to release any excess air that may still be present in your bowel. We continue to monitor your vital signs while you rest. Once fully awake, you will finally be given something to eat and drink! After removing your IV catheter, you will be able to get dressed. Your nurse will review your written discharge instruction sheet with you.
Once your "ride home" is present, you will be accompanied to the conference room where you, and if you wish, your escort, will meet with your physician, who will review the results of your procedure and any follow up care that is needed. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
You are now free to go home.