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Answers to Common Questions

Below is a list of common questions that we hear from our patients, and the answers we give them. Of course, if you still need assistance with something, don't hesitate to give our office a call.

What is a consult?

If you are scheduled for a consult, you WILL NOT be having a procedure that day. You will be meeting with a physician to review your symptoms and history to determine the next appropriate step in your care.

I am scheduled for a procedure. What do I do if I have not completed my prep?

If you have problems with your prep and the office is closed, you can refer to your procedure pamphlet for the number to contact the physician on call. If the office is open, contact the nurse and she will advise you what to do.

How soon should I cancel my appointment if I can't make it?

If you have a consult or office visit scheduled, please try to cancel 24 hours in advance.

If you are having a procedure done, please try to cancel your appointment 48 hours in advance.

Why do I need to be on a clear liquid diet the entire day prior to my colonoscopy?

The physician needs your colon to be clear of stool the day of your test. If you eat solid food the day prior to your test, your bowel is still processing the food and creating stool. If you have stool in your colon during the procedure, this impairs the doctor's view, resulting in a possible repeat of the prep and the test.

Why do I need to arrive 45 minutes early for my procedure?

This allows the nurse to get you checked in, complete the necessary paperwork, and start an IV.

Will I be asleep for my procedure?

You will be lightly sedated for your procedure, what we call a "twilight sleep". You will be able to hear the nurse and the doctor during the exam but will not remember the procedure once you are fully awake.

How long will I be there for my procedure?

The average time for a patient to be here is approximately one and a half hours, give or take a half hour depending on your procedure.

Can I work the day after my procedure?

You will be back to normal the day after, so you can return to your normal schedule.

Why can't I drive myself home after my procedure?

Due to the type of sedation we use, it is unsafe for you to operate a vehicle or machinery until the following day of your procedure.

Can I take my medications the morning of the test?

Certain medications cannot be taken the morning of the test. Please refer to your procedure brochure. Other medications can be taken with a sip of water. If you have specific questions, please call the office.

Can I still have my procedure if I am on an antibiotic for an infection?

It is OK to still have your procedure if you are taking an antibiotic. If you are running a fever, you need to contact the office.

Can I still have my procedure if I am on my menstrual cycle?

Yes. For your comfort, we do suggest that you wear a tampon.

When can my family come to pick me up when the procedure is done?

The time varies depending on the length of the procedure and individual recovery time. We generally give 1-2 hrs. as the time from arrival to departure.

Will I have to come back if anything is found during the procedure?

Polyps are removed during the procedure, but sometimes their size makes it difficult to remove all of them at one time. This would most likely require another procedure, and there may be a few other circumstances when this would be necessary, but usually one procedure is expected. Your doctor will discuss the findings and ongoing treatment plan for you in the consultation room with your family after you have recovered.

If I have signed the admission forms, why is it necessary to also initial them in so many places?

Your initials in key areas of the form acknowledge that you read and understood the section by your initials. We want to be sure that you don't miss a portion of the form.

I am diabetic. What should I do about taking insulin or eating the morning of my procedure?

These instructions are individualized to you and your condition and given by the nurse who schedules your procedure. If you have any questions, please call the nurse before the day of your procedure.

I am diabetic. Should I check my blood sugar at home before my procedure?

Yes- we want to have a baseline to anticipate any needs you may have during or after the procedure.

I take Coumadin to keep my blood thin since I have had heart problems. My instructions are to not take this for several days before my procedure. Will this be harmful to my heart?

Your doctor has either requested a copy of your most recent lab work or asked that you obtain another lab test to check your current blood condition. This is to assure that it will not be a problem to withhold the medication for a few days.


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