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Do I need to visit the Center before the procedure date?

You will need an up-to-date medical history and physical  from your physician doing the procedure.   This will be done ahead of time or before the actual procedure takes place.

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What if I cannot make my appointment?
Please notify the physician and the San Diego Endoscopy Center at 617-497-2888 as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients.

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What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing. Button-down shirts or blouses are best. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring socks with you to wear to help keep you feet covered and warm.  Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry. If you are unable to do this, please make the staff aware of this.

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Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to my procedure?
You refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to your procedure in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents during your exam. This complication is very serious and you need to strictly abide by our recommendations. This has nothing to do with nausea and vomiting after your surgery as some think.

We have very clear policies as to specific times before procedures when you must refrain from eating and/or drinking. These are all based on safety standards. Please note that the standards have been revised recently. We believe that the fasting time should be as short as possible before your procedure. You will not improve your safety by not eating or drinking longer than necessary.

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Should I take my usual daily medication?
Your physician will inform you if any of your medications should be stopped prior to your procedure.  Please call your physician with any questions you may have regarding your medications. 

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of procedure.

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May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the procedure. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) Please ask your physician when you should stop these medications.  Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?
You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person needs to be the responsible party that the staff gives your discharge instructions to.

When a patient is a child often one parent and/or guardian will accompany him or her to the Center, and will be allowed to stay with the child before the procedure and in the recovery area, but please refrain from bringing additional guests.

Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.

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Will I receive sedation before going into the procedure room?
We will individualize each patient's care. Typically we do not provide much sedation prior to transfer to the procedure room. 

Will I be contacted before my procedure?
Yes. We call each patient before the procedure date to confirm the appointment time and hopefully answer any of your questions.   

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Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?
Yes. You can comfortably take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, etc.  We recommend you refrain from applying body lotions as this may hinder our ability to apply the cardiac monitors. 

What should I do if I am not feeling well?
If you are not feeling well, please contact your physician immediately.

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What should I do if I started my menstrual cycle?
This will not affect your procedure.

What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?
It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility.  If there is any doubt please contact us immediately. 

May I drive home?
Any patient receiving sedation cannot drive until the next day. A patient receiving sedation for a procedure needs a ride home.

All patients are required to have a ride home and will be received by a responsible adult when they arrive home.  Patients will not be allowed to drive, walk after sedation.  Please make the appropriate arrangements. 

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What if I have special needs?
We will make every effort to accommodate any special need you may have. We strongly encourage you to call the  Center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable. Do not hesitate to call and suggest anything that may make your day easier.

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Should I bring my special needs equipment?
Yes. Please bring any walkers, post-op crutches, hearing aids, etc.

What must I bring with me on the day of my procedure?

  • Bring insurance identification cards, driver's license, and required forms 
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home  
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing , bring socks.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home

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