Preparing For Your Visit
Each of our physicians has specific preparations that they recommend for your procedure. Please be certain that you follow dietary and preparation instructions provided by your physician. A Liberty Endoscopy Center nurse will contact you in advance of your procedure to complete a pre-procedure questionnaire and answer any of your questions. If you have any additional questions, please contact your treating gastroenterologist directly.
Please be advised that you MUST have an adult escort to take you home after your procedure.
What to Expect on Your Procedure Day
Upon arriving at Liberty Endoscopy Center, you will be greeted and checked in by one of our staff members. After registration, you will be evaluated by one of our pre-operative nurses and brought to our pre-operative area. Your belongings will be securely stowed and you will be provided with a comfortable gown to change into. Your gastroenterologist will evaluate you and be available to answer any questions you may have prior to your procedure. You will also meet with your anesthesiologist and discuss the anesthesia you will be receiving. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions so that your concerns are addressed. After your procedure, you will recover in our recovery area. Your exam results will be discussed with you by your gastroenterologist and a recovery nurse will prepare you for discharge. Most patients are ready to be discharged approximately two hours after their arrival at the Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please bring your photo ID and insurance card, as well as any essential items. If you take multiple medications, please bring a list of them with you. Avoid bringing jewelry or valuables. Lockers are available to store your clothing and belongings prior to your procedure.
Wear comfortable clothing that is easily stored and removable. You will be asked to remove and store all removable jewelry prior to your procedure.
Most patients spend an average of 2-3 hours at the Center. Your adult escort does not have to be with you the entire time and you may call your escort once you are in the recovery area to coordinate pick-up.
An adult escort is required if you are receiving sedation for your endoscopic procedure. If you are unable to identify an escort, there are several services available for hire. Please contact the Center, and we will be happy to provide with a list of services.
Please follow your pre-procedure instructions closely. In general, solid food is not permitted for 8 hours prior to a procedure, including grains like quinoa, bulgur, etc. However, for patients undergoing colonoscopy, most physicians require a clear liquid diet for at least 24 hours in advance of the exam. Clear liquids (water, tea, black coffee, fruit juice without pulp, carbonated beverages) are permitted up until 4 hours prior to an endoscopic procedure. If you are taking medication on the morning of your procedure, you may do so with a few sips of water. Outside of this, there should be NOTHING BY MOUTH (no solids, liquids, gum, lozenges etc.) for at least 2 hours prior to your procedure.
Please contact us to speak with a nurse or you may discuss with your physician.
Contact lenses must be removed prior to undergoing your procedure. Please bring an extra pair of contacts with you or a carrying case if your lenses are not disposable.
Your menstrual cycle will not affect your procedure. If you have additional questions, please contact your physician’s office directly.
In general, breastfeeding is considered to be safe after one is fully recovered from anesthesia. If you are breastfeeding, please discuss with your gastroenterologist prior to your procedure and notify the anesthesiologist on the day of your procedure.
Essential medications may be taken with a few small sips of water on the morning of your procedure. Please review your medication list with your physician in advance of your procedure, particularly if you have diabetes or if you are taking blood thinning medication (aspirin, clopidogrel/Plavix, warfarin/Coumadin etc.). If possible, please bring a list of your current medications with you to Liberty Endoscopy Center on your procedure day.
Insurance coverage is an agreement between yourself and the insurance company that outlines the benefits covered by your insurance provider. Each plan is different. To understand how yours will cover the cost of your procedure you must contact your insurance provider. Our benefit verification specialists are also available to assist you in estimating costs. You can reach them by dialing (833) 844-6694 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Quotes provided by Liberty Endoscopy Center are not exact, do not guarantee insurance coverage, and do not include physician or laboratory fees.
PLEASE NOTE: Women, transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary patients under the age of 55 with the capacity for pregnancy who are undergoing anesthesia will be asked to submit a urine sample for the purposes of pregnancy testing prior to their procedure. This measure is a required risk mitigation strategy for monitored anesthesia care that unfortunately does not recognize the spectrum of gender identities and requires anyone with this reproductive potential to submit a sample.
Please contact your physician’s office directly if you have any specific questions or concerns.
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