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Q:What is a Colonoscopy?
A: Colonoscopy is a procedure in which your physician examines the colon lining (large bowel) for abnormalities. This is done by inserting a flexible tube approximately as thick as your finger into the anus and advancing it slowly into the rectum and colon. (Please refer to the Understanding Colonoscopy brochure)

Q:What is an Upper Endoscopy or EGD?
A: Upper Endoscopy is a procedure that enables your physician to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract including your esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine) using a thin flexible tube with its owns lens and light source. (Please refer to Understanding Upper GI Endoscopy brochure)

Q:What is a Capsule Endoscopy?
A: Capsule Endoscopy is a non-invasive, high quality, diagnostic imaging device that uses a disposable miniature video camera contained in a capsule. The capsule is propelled by peristalsis to naturally move through the digestive tract. (Please refer to Capsule Endoscopy brochure)

Q:Is it necessary to take a laxative the day before a Colonoscopy?
A: Yes, it is necessary to take a laxative before a Colonoscopy because the colon must be completely clean for the procedure to be accurate and complete. Your physician will give you dietary instructions and address the bowel preparation or laxative to be used.

Q:What do I need to bring the day of the procedure?
A: The day of the procedure you need to bring you insurance card, any co-payment money required by your insurance, and any referral or authorization numbers (if required by your insurance).

Q:Why am I required to bring a responsible adult to drive me home?
A: You are required to be accompanied by a responsible adult that can drive you home the day of the procedure because you will be given a sedative. The effects of the sedative are similar to those caused by alcohol. While you will be conscious, your decision-making abilities will be impaired. Law prohibits us from allowing you to drive home after receiving this sedation.

Q:How long does the total visit last?
A. From the time of arrival to the discharge time is about 2 hours.

Q:How long do these procedures take?
A: The Upper Endoscopy can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. A colonoscopy can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes.

Q:Why do I need to arrive at the center 1 hour before my procedure??
A: While your procedure may start at a certain time, you must arrive to our center at least one hour before hand. Our staff uses that time so that we have enough time to admit you, start an IV, and prepare you for procedure.

Q:Can I take any medications before my procedure?
A: If applicable, you may take blood pressure, asthma, seizure, or heart medication with small sips of water. Do not take insulin pills or diabetes pills.

Q:Will I be awake during the procedure?
A: Conscious sedation is used for these procedures. Reactions to conscious sedation vary. While it is common for patients to fall asleep during the procedure, the main purpose is to prevent you from feeling the scope.

Q:How many people have been infected by a contaminated endoscope?
A: According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the risk of patient-to-patient transmission of an infection during an endoscopy is approximately 1 in 1.8 million procedures.

Q:How soon can I eat after the procedure?
A: Please ask the physician because each procedure varies