About Endoscopic Procedures
Baptist Health Paducah offers general patient information on preparing for and recovering from an endoscopic procedure.
Preparation for Your Endoscopic Procedure
Prior to your endoscopic procedure, follow all directions given to you by the physician performing your procedure. If you are having a colonoscopy and are having problems taking the laxative, call your physician. It is important that you complete the laxative preparation if possible. This ensures a clean colon for the examination. A laxative is not given for an upper endoscopic procedure.
Arrive at the hospital at least one hour prior to the time scheduled for your procedure. Wear simple, loose fitting clothing. Women should not wear pantyhose, girdles or high-heeled shoes. Wedding rings may be worn, but please leave all other jewelry and valuables at home.
Notify your physician if: you have diabetes; you are taking aspirin products or blood thinners; you develop any physical problems such as a sore throat, fever or cold prior to your procedure. Bring a list of your current medications with you. You will be asked to sign a consent form before any medications are given to you. If the patient is a minor, the consent form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
After Your Endoscopic Procedure
Because you will receive sedation, it is very important that you arrange to have someone who can drive you home accompany you the day of the procedure. You must have a ride home or the procedure will not be done. Wait at least 24 hours after you have returned home to drive or operate any equipment, drink any alcoholic beverages, take any sleeping pills or sign any important documents. It is also advisable that you go home and nap following the procedure. You may want to eat when you get home.
After a colonoscopy with biopsies or polyp removal, it is normal to have a small amount of rectal bleeding. If it is more than "spotting" or if it persists, you should call the physician who performed the procedure. If you should develop or experience unusual or persistent abdominal pain or fever, your physician should be notified immediately.
After an upper endoscopy, it is normal to have minor throat irritation. Remember, it is normal to feel a little dizzy or sleepy for several hours following your procedure. Some people experience mild amnesia from the sedation. Because of this, your doctor may want to discuss his or her findings with your companion or family member. It is common for patients to forget speaking with their physician after the procedure.
Your physician will contact you with the results of your study as quickly as possible .
For More Information
For more information about specific types of endoscopic procedures, please visit these links:
- Esophago Gastro Duodenoscopy (EGD)
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)