Frequently Asked Questions

What type of sedative will I be given?

You will be given Versed, a sedative, and Fentanyl, a narcotic pain-reliever through an IV that will be placed when you are admitted. Once you are in the procedure room, you will be given a low starting dose of the above medications. During the procedure, you will be given additional medication as needed to keep you comfortable.

Will I be asleep during the procedure?

Every patient reacts differently to the medications. Some people drift-off, while others remain awake. It is our goal that you be comfortable during the procedure; it doesn’t matter if you are awake or asleep.

Can I take my medications before the procedure?

 If you have medications for your heart or blood pressure that you need to take, you may take them with a small sip of water. If you have chronic pain and are taking pain medications, you may take those also. Please let the admitting nurse know what you have taken. If you are insulin-dependent, please discuss this with your physician prior to starting your prep and follow his/her instructions.

What if I vomit part of the prep?

Because your bowel needs to be adequately prepped (cleaned out) for us to do a complete exam, please call your doctor (anytime, day or night) if you vomit any part of your prep. They may recommend an additional medication for you to take.

How do I know if the scope is clean?

Our scopes are cleaned according to the standards set by the Multi Society Endoscope Reprocessing Guidelines. Please click here for further information.

Why can’t I drive myself?

Because you will be sedated for your procedure, you will not be allowed to drive until the next day. This is for your safety and the safety of others. You also cannot take a bus or taxi unless you are accompanied by a responsible adult. If you do not have someone to drive you, there are several agencies you can contact that offer rides. If you cannot find a ride, please contact your physician as your procedure will have to be rescheduled for a time when you can find a ride.

Can I eat after the procedure?

You are able to eat as soon as you leave the center following your procedure. Before you leave, you will be given instructions on what foods to avoid for the day.

How long will I be there?

You will be at the center between 1-1/2 – 2 hours in total. You will arrive at the center 30 minutes prior to your procedure time, and will need to recover for 30 minutes following your procedure.

I’m afraid I will be very nervous/anxious the day of the procedure. What can I do?

You can let the physician know that you are worried about being nervous/anxious. He/she may give you an oral anti-anxiety medication to take at home on the morning of your procedure.