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Endoscopy services at University Health System
Frequently Asked Questions

Will it hurt (Colonoscopy)?

COLONOSCOPY:   You may feel some cramping as you colon is being inflated with air and/or as the scope is being advanced. However, our goal is to make you as comfortable as is safely possible. Please let us know when you are experiencing discomfort.

Will it hurt (Endoscopy)?

ENDOSCOPY:   You may gag initially as the scope is passed into your esophagus. Once that has been accomplished (usually takes one good swallow on the patient's part), you may experience mild bloating and cramping. Once again, our goal is to keep you as comfortable as safely possible. Please let us know if you are uncomfortable.

What medications will I receive?

You will receive two medications prior to and during the procedure.

One of the medications is for pain (Demerol) and the other is to make you feel sleepy and relaxed (Versed). You will be conscious for the procedure although you may not remember all of it afterwards.

**If you have allergies to either of these medications, notify the staff/physician and other arrangements will be made.

Will I be asleep?

The sedation used for Colonoscopy and Endoscopy is called "Conscious Sedation". You will be awake and able to talk and move although you may not remember doing so afterwards.

Who will be in the room with me?

There will usually be one-two physicians, a Registered Nurse and an Endoscopy technician in the room with you assisting with your procedure. They are all specially trained in endoscopic procedures.

How long does the procedure take?

Colonoscopy can take from 30-60 minutes.

Endoscopy can take from 15-30 minutes.

The procedure can take more or less time and varies from person to person.

How long do I have to stay after my procedure is completed?

On average, patients are observed for 30-60 minutes (this can take longer depending on how well the patient is recovering) after their procedure. After you have had something to drink, have been able to sit up, have stable vital signs, and are able to ambulate unassisted, you and your companion will be free to leave. (You cannot leave without an adult to escort you home)

When/What can I eat afterwards?

You can eat and drink normally afterwards, although we recommend starting with a light meal and advancing your diet as tolerated.  

Can I go back to work that day?

Do not work on the day of the procedure. You may return to work the following day provided that your physician has not recommended otherwise. We can provide you with a form for your employer if needed.

Can I take a cab home by myself?

No. You cannot leave by yourself. You must have an adult pick you up in the Endoscopy Center and escort you home.

***DUE TO THE SEDATION GIVEN DURING THE PROCEDURE, WE CANNOT PERFORM YOUR PROCEDURE UNLESS YOU HAVE AN ADULT WHO CAN PICK YOU UP IN THE ENDOSCOPY CENTER AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE AND ESCORT YOU HOME.  UNFORTUNATELY, IN THE INTEREST OF PATIENT SAFETY, THERE CAN BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS. ***

Can my escort drop me off and than pick me up afterwards?

If your escort is unable to register with you, we require a number by which we can contact them to verify your ride. Your escort will need to pick you up in the Endoscopy Center after the procedure.

***DUE TO THE SEDATION GIVEN DURING THE PROCEDURE, WE CANNOT PERFORM YOUR PROCEDURE UNLESS YOU HAVE AN ADULT WHO CAN PICK YOU UP IN THE ENDOSCOPY CENTER AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE AND ESCORT YOU HOME.  UNFORTUNATELY, IN THE INTEREST OF PATIENT SAFETY, THERE CAN BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS. ***

When will I receive my results?

We will tell you your procedure findings before you leave to go home. However, if you have had any biopsies done, it will take several days before the results are ready. You will obtain those results from your primary care physician or the physician who ordered the test for you.

 

 

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