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Before My Procedure

  • Notify your physician before coming to the facility if there is a significant change in your physical condition, such as high fever, heart problems or breathing difficulties.

  • Make arrangements in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home.  We recommend that he or she stay until you are comfortable. You are not allowed to drive your vehicle after the procedure.  If you arrive at the facility without a responsible adult to provide transportation, your procedure will be rescheduled for another day.  Taxi service is not permitted.

  • Carefully read and follow the instructions provided by your physician and the office staff.  Those instructions are important for the safety and quality of the examination you receive.

  • Be on time and call the endoscopy center if you will be unavoidably late.  If you must cancel your procedure, please contact your physician’s office at least two days in advance.  They will advise the endoscopy center of your cancellation.

  • Allow for some flexibility in the time of your procedure.  Your appointment time may be adjusted due to unplanned events.

  • Some medications such as aspirin, blood thinners, diabetic medication or anti-inflammatory medication may be stopped prior to your procedure.  Your physician will inform you if any of your medications should be stopped prior to your procedure.  Your questions about medications should be directed to your physician’s office.

  • Questions regarding bowel preparations, dietary restrictions and medications should be directed to your physician’s office.

  • The physician's office staff contacts you prior to your procedure to confirm your appointment schedule and to review your financial responsibility.

  • Copayments and/or deductibles are due on the day of your procedure.  If you would like more information, please contact our business office at 562-426-2606.

 

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What You Need The Day Of The Procedure

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled procedure time unless directed otherwise.

  • Dress comfortably and wear clothing that will allow you to change into a gown easily.  Some of our patients have described the center as being cold.  We encourage everyone to bring a jacket.

  • Bring your insurance card, payment obligation, and driver’s license or photo I.D. with you.  LEAVE ALL OTHER VALUABLES, INCLUDING JEWELRY, WALLET AND ADDITIONAL CASH AT HOME.  We are not responsible for damaged or lost property. Dental appliances can be left in place.  These items will be removed and protected in a storage container prior to your procedure.

  • Make a list of your current medications and bring it with you.  The list should include the medication’s name, dosage, frequency and the last dose taken.  Multivitamins, herbal products and other over-the-counter medications should be included on the list.

  • Be prepared to sign a form giving your consent for the procedure.  If the patient is under 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the patient and sign the consent form.  If the patient is not able to sign legal documents, then someone with a Durable Power of Attorney should be present.  The endoscopy center does not honor Advance Directives.  For additional information regarding a Power of Attorney or Advance Directives, contact the endoscopy center prior to your procedure.

  • Your procedure requires sedation.  Because we care about your safety, we cannot allow you to drive home.

  • Your family may wait in the lobby until you are brought to the recovery area.  Your physician will speak with you and your family following your procedure.

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