What to Expect
So, You Are Having an Endoscopy Procedure
As the day draws closer you may feel increasingly nervous. We would like to lessen your concerns by answering in advance, some of the questions you may have regarding the specifics to your procedure. While your health is our highest priority, your peace of mind is very important to us too. We care about all our patients, and we want to make your visit as pleasant as possible.
Plan ahead, Rest Easy
Upon arrival a receptionist will greet you and provide you with patient registration forms to complete and sign. In your travel preparation, please be sure to allow enough time for us to process all of your admission paperwork, in accordance with federal requirements. Plan to be at our Center for at least (3) hours.
Visitors Are Welcome
Our waiting room is an appropriate and welcoming space for friends and family in which to wait while we take care of your digestive health condition. Should they choose to leave and come back for you later, they will be given a phone number to call, if needed, in case of an emergency.
The Surgery Center
A staff member will walk with you to the dressing room where you will change into an exam gown. We provide lockers for personal belongings, but please do not bring valuables or jewelry. When ready you will be escorted into the interview area. Don’t worry, it is not as intimidating as it sounds.
The Endoscopy Team
You will meet the Endoscopy Team working alongside your doctor: your anesthesiologist*, endoscopy nurse, and nursing assistant. The anesthesiologist is the doctor who will make sure that you are comfortable during your GI procedure. The endoscopy nurse will help the doctor and be with you in the procedure room during the exam, staying with you until you are transferred to the recovery room. The nursing assistant will maintain the scopes and other instruments. She will take your blood pressure and temperature.
After a brief interview with your anesthesiologist and endoscopy nurse, one of them will start an IV (intravenous) in your hand or arm. The anesthesiologist will use this to give you a sedative when the procedure is about to begin. You will have the opportunity to talk to your physician and to ask any questions that you may have.
You will be brought into the procedure room, where we will attach three sticky patches to your chest in order to monitor your heart during the procedure. A clothespin-like device will be attached to the tip of your fingers to measure how well your breathing is supplying you with oxygen. A blood pressure cuff will be wrapped around your arm, tightening and relaxing at regular intervals. Finally, you are likely to have a nasal connula secured, supplying you with extra oxygen during your procedure.
When You Wake Up
You may be in the procedure room. or you may already be in the recovery room where you will have another nurse. The nursing staff may encourage you to take frequent deep breaths to maintain the oxygen level in your blood stream and to help you wake up more quickly. You may feel “gassy” or have some feelings of fullness in your abdomen. Do not be alarmed. It is expected. You will feel comfortable once you pass the extra gas through the mouth or rectum.
Once You Are Fully Awake
You will be transferred back to the pre-procedure area where you will be prepared to go home. You will be offered some liquid refreshment.
Our Pledge to You
We will work to make your experience as positive as possible. The nursing and medical staff of this Center has the specialized knowledge, skills and training to provide the best possible care for you. We will be with you and caring for you throughout this important procedure – you will not be alone.
*The physician and owners, Doctors Greenblatt, Ledon, Margolin, Rodriguez, Rosen, Tempera, Wexler and Dhirmalani, also have a financial interest in the anesthesia services provided at this Center.