About Your Surgery
The questions below may help you for before, during, and after your surgery.
Q. What should I bring with me to the center?
A. Bring a Government issued Photo ID, insurance card, and form of payment. Bring any documents from your doctor, case for your eyeglasses or contact lenses. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and low-heeled shoes. Please do not wear contact lenses, body lotion, perfume and other cosmetics. Leave all jewelry and other valuables at home.
Q. Do I need a legally responsible adult at the facility and to take me home?
A. Yes. A legally responsible adult (age 18 years or older) must remain at the facility the entire time and take you home afterwards. Your procedure will be canceled if you have not arranged for a responsible adult to remain at the facility and take you home. Also, we cannot discharge a patient via taxi.
Q. May I eat or drink on the day of my exam or surgery?
A. You should not eat or drink or use tobacco products after midnight the night before your procedure, unless an anesthesiologist tells you otherwise. Not following these orders can be dangerous and can cause your case to be cancelled.
Q. How long will the procedure take?
A. An EGD typically takes 15 to 20 minutes. A colonoscopy typically takes 15 to 30 minutes.
Q. Will I be in pain when I wake up?
A. For an EGD, a patient sometimes has a mild sore throat, which is very temporary and promptly responds to saline gargles.
For a colonoscopy, you may feel some slight abdominal cramping or a sensation of having gas, but this is temporary.
Q. How long do I have to stay after my procedure?
A. Following an EGD, you will be returned to the pre-op area where you will be monitored by our staff until a significant portion of the medication has worn off. That amount of time varies among patients, usually from 30 to 40 minutes. Your family or designated driver with your permission will be brought to the recovery room to speak with the doctor and receive discharge instructions for both EGD and Colonoscopy. At that time, you will be allowed to be taken home. Because of the use of sedation, we require that you be taken home by another person and not to drive on your own.