Patient Instructions

Prior to Your Procedure:
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home. This does not mean your insurance card or your eyeglasses. Deductibles and co-payments will also be collected at registration. The endoscopy center cannot take responsibility for safeguarding your personal items.
  • Make arrangements for someone to drive you home. Your escort may leave the facility. Once the patient is in recovery the nurse will call the escort to return within 30 minutes. It is recommended your escort  be available to hear the discharge instructions. Someone will need to drive you home. Please limit the number of persons accompanying you to a maximum of two. Only one person will be allowed in the recovery room with you.
  • Please make arrangements for childcare in advance. The endoscopy center reception area and recovery room area are not designed to accommodate small children.
  • If you have any questions regarding your medication prior to the procedure, please contact your physician’s office.
Day of Your Procedure
  • Please check in at the reception desk one hour before your procedure is scheduled to begin.
  • Bring your insurance card(s).
  • Bring your medication(s) or list of the medication(s) and dosages you are currently taking.
  • It is very important for us to know if you have any allergies; especially an allergy to rubber (latex).
  • If you have sleep apnea and use a C-PAP machine, please bring it with you if you are scheduled for a colonoscopy. Patients with a pacemaker defibrillator cannot have the procedure at the Center.
After Your Procedure
  • Average Recovery Time is 30-45 minutes for most procedures.
  • Your escort will need to come into the recovery room to listen to your discharge instructions, sign the written instructions and escort you home.
  • We would prefer your driver to stay in the immediate area during your procedure.
  • It would be best if someone could stay with you at home or check on you following your procedure.
  • Patients will remain in the recovery area until they are ready for discharge.
You may not take a bus home.