Preparing for Your Procedure
For your Information
It is very important that you to feel comfortable and informed about your scheduled procedure. We ask that you please review this important information and feel free to call us if you have any questions or concerns.
Bring These To Check In
- Your driver’s license or federally issued photo ID
- Your insurance card
- A current list of your medications, or bring them with you
- Cash, check or credit card for applicable copayments, deductibles for your procedure, and parking fees
A Safe Way to Return Home
- You will not be able to drive yourself home after your procedure.
- Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and help get you settled.
- Your procedure CANNOT be done if you do not have a ride home!
Arrive one hour prior to your procedure to allow time for registration and for the nurses to prepare you for your procedure.
All the facilities where the doctor will be performing your procedure provide free parking for patients.
Eating and Drinking
- Take in nothing by mouth (NPO) for at least 8 hours before your procedure.
- Exception: Your doctor may instruct you to take clear liquids up to 2 hours before your procedure:
- Clear liquids are anything you can see through (water, juice, Gatorade, etc.) and black coffee. Anything else is considered food, including orange juice and milk.
- NO red or purple food items if you are having a colonoscopy.
- Take your regular medications at the regular time with a sip of water, unless told to do otherwise.
- Consult your doctor about:
- Stopping iron pills, blood thinners (aspirin, warfarin, Plavix, Lovenox, etc).
- Changes to diabetic medications
- Any other medication concerns
- If you are currently taking a diet medication or supplement, you will need to stop taking it 14 DAYS prior to your procedure.
- If you are having a colonoscopy, make sure to take all of your prep medication (which is a clear liquid).
- You will wear a hospital gown.
- You will put your clothing and personal items into a provided bag, which your responsible adult will keep during your procedure.
- Your nurse will ask questions to confirm your identification. (NOTE: For your safety, this will be repeated at each step of the process.)
- Your nurse will review your chart and start your IV.
- During your procedure, you will be placed on cardiac, oxygen, and blood pressure monitors.
- You can expect to be in the GI Lab for an average of one hours, start to finish.
- Your responsible adult is welcome to be with you when you arrive in recovery for monitoring after your procedure.
- The medication you receive to keep you comfortable during your procedure may cause you to forget small periods of time before or after your procedure. For this reason, we recommend your responsible adult be with you when you speak to your doctor.
You will be discharged when your condition is stable. After your recovery is complete, facility personnel will escort you to meet your responsible adult.
NOTE: You might still feel sleepy, slightly dizzy or nauseated. These normal side effects of anesthesia could last for 12-24 hours after the procedure.
Questions or Concerns?
Call 423-648-8204 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.