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Your physician will give you instructions for the type of preparations you will need to make for the procedure you are undergoing. Compliance with these guidelines is necessary for a safe and complete exam and sedation. Failure to comply may result in cancellation of your procedure.
A nurse from Mercy's Digestive Health Center will try to call you. Your arrival time and procedure time will be verified. You may be asked to come in earlier than your physician's paperwork states. This is to accommodate your physician's schedule (unless it is 1 to 2 hours before your procedure time). The nurse will verify your preparation if one is ordered, and remind you not to eat or drink if this is routine for your procedure.
You will be reminded to have a responsible adult to drive you home and be in constant attendance for 24 hours after your procedure. You will be asked to bring a list of your medications and allergies. If you are diabetic, you need to bring your insulin and blood glucose monitor. Your doctor will give you instructions on taking any diabetic medicine before your procedure. Usually, you will be asked not to take it until after your procedure. Hold all of your other medications unless your physician has instructed you otherwise.
You may be pre-registered. We will inform you of this. You will then come directly to our area. If you are not pre-registered, you will be asked to stop in Registration, directly across the hall from our unit on the 2nd floor of Mercy Medical Center. Please bring your insurance cards.
You will be observed in a recovery room for one hour, and then will be discharged.
An adult must accompany you home from the hospital. This should be arranged before your procedure. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home or go unaccompanied by public transportation because of the sedation you receive. You must also have an adult in attendance for 24 hours after your procedure.
The Digestive Health Center staff will come to get you 30 minutes before your procedure time. Your family/friend can wait with you. The physician will discuss the findings with him or her after your procedure, with your permission. Your family will accompany you back to your room after the procedure, where you will recover.
Each patient is unique, so specific questions about your procedure should be discussed with your physician, or you can call the Digestive Health Center. Our number is (319) 398-6484. After 5 p.m., call (319) 533-2205 to speak to a nurse.