Prepare for Your Procedure

Your physician will provide you with the prep instructions that are specific to your procedure.

If your Endoscopy procedure is scheduled in the morning, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the evening before the procedure, unless instructed otherwise by your physician.

If your Endoscopy procedure is scheduled in the afternoon, be sure to ask your physician the time you are to stop eating or drinking the morning of your procedure.

Medications should be taken at the recommendation of your physician. If you are taking any medications for your heart, blood pressure, breathing, or for diabetes, be sure to ask your physician if you are to take any of them the day of your procedure.

Notify Desert Endoscopy Center and the Physician’s office if you should become ill or need to cancel your procedure.

Desert Endoscopy Center is not responsible for lost items. Therefore, leave all items you consider to be valuable, such as jewelry, watches, rings, earrings, wallets, purses, cell phones, etc., at home or with the responsible adult who will be driving you home.

Your Procedure

It is essential that you arrive 1 (one) hour prior to your procedure so that the nurses and anesthesiologist have time to admit you and get you prepped prior to your procedure. If your physician gave you a registration packet, or if you downloaded the registration packet from the website, please complete it and bring it in with you at the time of your procedure.

You must read the Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities that were given to you by your physician or downloaded from the website in advance of the day of the procedure.

If you have an Advance Directive, such as a Living Will or Power of Attorney, you will need to bring a copy of it with you at the time of your procedure.

You will be given medication to make you more comfortable during your procedure. Therefore, you will not be able to drive or return to work that day. This is for your safety. You MUST have a responsible adult (age 18 or older) to drive you home after your procedure.

After your procedure, you will remain in the recovery room until you are ready to be discharged. Your approximate stay at Desert Endoscopy Center is 2-3 hours.

Instructions following the procedure will be given at the time you are discharged from the Center. It is important that you follow these instructions and call your physician if you have any problem following the procedure.