Why do I have to see my physician before my procedure?
If you are having any symptoms, one of our physicians will need to examine you to determine if the procedure is indicated or if you might better benefit from another course of treatment. Also, the physician or nurse practitioner will evaluate any risks that may be complicated by your medical conditions or medications.
If I see the nurse practitioner, can she do for me what the physician can do?
The Nurse Practitioner can do an initial evaluation and determine the need for further testing. Also, she can do follow up evaluations. He/she can prescribe medications if needed.
Should I take my medications the morning of the procedure?
On the bottom of your instruction sheet for your scheduled procedure, there is an explanation of the medications you should and shouldn’t take prior to your procedure. Please refer to that sheet.
How long is my procedure going to take?
Generally, a colonoscopy will take between 2-3 hours for pre-procedure prepartion, procedure time and recovery.
How long will I be sedated?
Your sedation will begin immediately prior to the start of your procedure and will last for approx. 15 to 20 minutes following your procedure.
Will I need a driver?
Yes, you will need someone to drive you home following the procedure. Because of the sedation, you will be legally intoxicated and not be able to drive for the remainder of the day.
How long will I be at the doctor’s office, so I know when to have someone pick me up?
You need to allow 1 to 3 hours for your procedure and recovery from anesthesia.
Do I need to bring my medications with me?
You do need to bring a current list of the medications you are taking. If you do not have a list, then please bring all of the medications with you.
Will I be able to talk to my physician following the procedure?
The medication you are given may temporarily affect your short-term memory. Once you are awake, the doctor may speak with you but you might not remember what he has to say. Your physician prefers you bring someone with you, with whom he can discuss his findings.
What can I eat after my procedure?
Following your procedure, our advice is to drink something first. If your stomach feels fine following an intake of liquids, then you may eat. Try to stay away from eating any greasy or spicy foods for the first meal because they may make you feel nauseated.
Will I be OK the next day?
Yes, you should be fine the next day and able to go about your regular routine and diet.
When can I resume taking my regular medications?
You can usually resume taking your medications right after the procedure, unless the physician tells you otherwise.