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During the Endoscopic Procedure
During the Procedure
Wear loose comfortable clothing and leaving you valuable including jewelry at home. Avoid using nail polish.
Please arrive one hour before you procedure appointment time to register at our reception desk. Remember to bring the papers you receive from your doctor.
Our office assistant will provide your confidential patient tracking number to your family/friends so that they can follow your progress on the monitor in reception.
- The monitor displays your case number (not your name) and your procedure can be tracked by color codes. The colors are explained next to the monitor.
Please be aware that as part of our patient safety process, multiple staff will ask your name, date of birth, and the procedure you are having done.
Another part of our safety plan is that if you feel you need an interpreter, but had not requested one in advance, do not hesitate to make the request at any time. It is critical to us that all of our patients are fully able to understand and communicate throughout the process.
Endoscopy procedure process
An endoscopy nurse will escort you from the waiting room to the Prep/Recovery area, where you will be assigned to a private bed space and asked to remove your clothing and change to a hospital gown.
A nurse will check your vital signs and review your medial history and medication list. An IV line will be started in a vein in your arm for IV fluids and sedation medication.
While you are in the prep area, your doctor will meet with you and answer any questions or concerns regarding your procedure and have you sign the consent form.
The nurse will take you to the procedure room. Again, do not hesitate to ask any questions about the procedure and/or the equipment.
The procedure length varies, depending on the precisely what is being performed, but generally lasts from 30-45 minutes.
While they are waiting, your family and friends are free to use the cafeteria on the first floor of the building. Check with the registration staff for directions.
Coffee and tea area available in the reception for visitors. Please read the instructions located on the coffee machine. Wi-Fi internet is available.
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