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Preparing for Your Procedure

Registration and Pre-Registration Information

We strongly recommend that you pre-register prior to the day of your procedure. You may register up to two weeks in advance.

Admissions/Check-In is located inside the main entrance on the third floor of the hospital.

Registration is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To pre-register, simply come to registration during registration hours. Bring your photo identification, insurance card, and referral or doctor’s order with you. Applicable payment of co-insurance or deductibles will be required at this time.

If you are unable to pre-register, please allow yourself an extra hour for registration on the day of your exam.

On the Day of Your Procedure

If you have pre-registered, enter the main entrance of the hospital through the revolving glass door. Follow the sign to the left of the lobby that says “Ambulatory Care Unit/Endoscopy Unit.”

A receptionist will greet you and help you check in. If for any reason the receptionist is not there, please use the phone provided.

Proceed through the door on your left, follow the signs by taking another left through the ambulatory care unit, and you will find endoscopy services at the end of the hallway.

If you need to register, proceed to registration on the second floor before going to Ambulatory Care Unit/Endoscopy Unit.

Your physician has given you individualized and strict instructions on what to do prior to your exam. Please read all instructions. For your safety, if you do not follow the instructions entirely, your procedure may be cancelled.

If you are diabetic, taking anticoagulants, have cardiac problems, or if you are a renal patient, call your GI doctor’s office for instructions regarding taking medications prior to procedure.

If you need to change or cancel your appointment, call your doctor’s office.

Transportation

It is a state and federal regulation that all patients who receive conscious sedation must have a driver (18 years or older) to take them home.

It is our policy that your driver must stay on hospital property for the entire length of the procedure. The driver must accompany you to our unit so their presence can be verified in order to start your procedure. By law, your procedure will be cancelled if you cannot meet this requirement.

We will provide the driver with instructions and a pager for their convenience, which allows freedom within the hospital and ease of communication.

Allow two to three hours from the time you arrive to the time you are discharged.

Helpful Tips for Colonoscopy Preparation

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! One week before beginning your prep, you will need to drink a lot of liquids. Drink approximately one liter of water or more each day.

You must follow your doctor’s instructions for taking your preps very closely. There are multiple types, and each is specific to you alone.

Helpful tips for taking preps:

  • Drink all the solution
  • If you start to feel nauseated, wait 20 minutes then resume drinking slowly
  • Suck on hard candy
  • Use mouthwash between glasses
  • Use a straw to get liquid over your tongue
  • Chase immediately with a glass of clear juice, such as cranberry, apple, or white grape juice (not lemonade or prune, grapefruit, orange, tomato, or pineapple juice, which all contain pulp and are cloudy)
  • Chill the solution
  • Add flavored drink packets (included with mix) to help disguise taste

Additional tips:

  • Sometimes the prep solution may take up to 3½ hours before you have any bowel movements. Don’t worry -- it will work. If you have any doubts, call your doctor’s office.
  • You may feel weak or tired from the elimination of stool. Be safe and drink as much fluid as possible to help alleviate this.  Be sure to drink more than just water. Broth, Gatorade, gelatin, etc., will help prevent you from feeling so bad.
  • To help with irritation, use Desitin ointment to coat your bottom before going to the bathroom and apply frequently.
  • For all coffee drinkers who will not drink coffee without creamer, you may have a caffeine headache. You may take Tylenol or drink other caffeinated beverages to avoid caffeine withdrawal.

Patient Checklist for Day of Procedure

  • Bring your insurance card and policy information.
  • You must have a driver (18 or older) to stay with you and to drive you home.
  • Bring your medications or have a medication list, including allergies and type of reaction.
  • No jewelry (including body piercings) or nail polish.
  • No valuables.
  • CPAP/Bi-PAP machine if diagnosed with sleep apnea. Your procedure will be cancelled per hospital safety policy if your CPAP/Bi-BAP machine is left at home.
  • Tell us if you have an internal defibrillator, latex allergy, or artificial heart valves.
  • Clear stool (for colonoscopy).
  • No aspirin products, iron, ginkgo, or vitamin E for five to 10 days prior to procedure, according to your doctor’s instructions.
  • No Olestra, Olean, seeds, nuts, vegetables, or fruit for five days prior to procedure, according to your doctor’s instructions.
  • You may wear contact lenses the day of the procedure.
  • Dentures may stay in until the start of procedure if you are having an upper endoscopy.