Preparing for an Endoscopy Procedure
Welcome to the Endoscopy Department of Mad River Community Hospital. We know that an endoscopy procedure can be a stressful event for both the patient and family. It is our hope the care you receive from our nursing staff exceeds your expectations.
The Day(s) Before Your Procedure
- Please follow the dietary restrictions given to you by your physician.
- If you are having a colonoscopy, make sure to complete the bowel prep. It is extremely important to complete this prep. Without a clean bowel your colon cannot be examined adequately.
- Please be sure to drink plenty of water while taking the colonoscopy prep to avoid dehydration.
- Please pre-register with our admitting office.
- Make sure you have any lab test(s) drawn that may have been ordered by your physician at least one day prior to you endoscopy.
The Night Before Your Procedure
- Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight, unless another time is specified by your physician.
- This includes water, coffee and tea.
The Day of Your Procedure
- Your physician may instruct you to take some of your medications the morning of your procedure. If you have questions, please call the Endoscopy Suite at 825-4960 or your physician.
- Report to Mad River Endoscopy Suite on the second floor of the Shaw Medical Pavilion, located in front of the main hospital building.
- Please arrive 1 hour before your scheduled procedure time or as your physician has instructed.
You Must Have a Ride Home
- An intravenous line will be started and you will be given narcotics and sedatives that may stay in your system up to 12 hours.
- Plan on not driving for at least 24 hours.
- The Endoscopy waiting areas are limited. One person at the bedside can be accommodated. Other guests are welcome to wait in the main lobby.
- It is important to have a family member available immediately following the procedure for the physician to talk with about your procedure.
- Every effort is made to assure that you have your test at the time you expect, however, there can be unavoidable delays caused by emergencies or other factors.
- If your Endoscopy procedure is delayed, please be patient and understand that the entire Endoscopy team is working to get your procedure on schedule.