Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to help physicians more thoroughly explore internal areas of the body, such as the colon, esophagus and small bowel. The instrument used for this type of procedure is called an endoscope, but its name and the procedure's name vary depending on what area of the body is being explored.
Some procedures require anesthesia and are performed in an operating room. Many procedures are performed with moderate sedation but some procedures may require anesthesia given by anesthesia provider. Both types of procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
What to Expect
- Please arrange to have a responsible adult provide transportation home after your procedure. Patients receiving anesthesia should not operate machinery, make life altering decisions, or drink alcohol on the day of surgery.
- Upon arrival to the hospital, patients will need to register in admitting.
- After admission, you may be asked to wait in the emergency/surgery waiting room. if you wait more than 10 minutes, please check in with the admitting desk.
- You will be asked many times to verify your name, date of birth, the procedure being done, and allergies. This is done to ensure your safety.
- Endoscopy patients should plan to arrive at the hospital 60 minutes before their scheduled procedure in order to complete an assessment and start an IV. IVs are necessary for fluid management and medication administration.
- Endoscopy procedures usually last 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on patient needs.
- Recovery from endoscopy procedures occurs in the same day surgery department (Ambulatory Care) where you were admitted. Recovery is usually an hour but is based on patient needs.
- After an endoscopic procedure, a light meal may be taken.
- Patients should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery unless directed by your surgeon.
- Patients taking beta blockers should take this medication with a sip of water the morning of surgery.
- The order of procedures is determined by many factors including age, comorbidities such as diabetes, and special equipment needs. If you have a special need, please let your physician or physician's office know.
- Please report any illness, including sore throat and elevated temperature as well as any exposure to any contagious disease such as Shingles, Chicken Pox, Measles, etc. to your nurse upon admission.
Hours of Operation
- Endoscopy procedures such a colonoscopy and EGD are performed in the Same Day Surgery (Ambulatory Care) Department.
- Endoscopy times are confirmed by telephone call 1-2 days before your scheduled procedure. Your health information is protected.
- Pomerene Hospital cannot leave voicemails detailing your procedure on arrival time.
If you receive a message to call the hospital, please call (330) 674-1015 extension 4348
While You're Waiting...
- Family members should wait in the emergency/surgery waiting room. The surgeon will look for them there after the endoscopic procedure in order to provide the patient update and answer any questions.
- There is a vending machine located in the waiting room. Food vending is located in the dining room.
- Dining room hours are:
- Breakfast: 7:30 am to 9:00 am
- Lunch: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
- Dinner: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your loved one's care during his or her stay, please contact the clinical coordinator by dialing 1003 from any hospital telephone. You may also contact the coordinator through any staff member or the admitting desk.