To ensure your safety and to avoid delays, please follow these instructions. This will help to ensure your comfort and reduce complications.
No Food or Drink
Follow the prep instructions that were given to you by your physician. Take medications as your physician directed you. Do not eat or drink before your procedure, per instructions. Doing so can create life-threatening complications that can result in the cancellation of your procedure.
Please notify your physician if you have a cold, fever, or infection before coming to the clinic for your procedure. Please bring a list of current medications (including over-the-counter and herbal remedies) with dosages and administration times, along with a list of allergies.
Leave Valuables at Home
Please leave all jewelry and cell phones at home. We cannot be responsible for lost items.
Responsible Adult Companion (RAC)
You will be required to bring an adult companion (over the age of 18) with you the day of your procedure. RAC must arrive with you and be present in the waiting room during your entire stay here. This person will be responsible for driving you home and will stay with you for a minimum of 12 hours after your procedure and recommended until the morning of the following day. If you have small children, please arrange for their care, as they are not allowed in the prep and recovery areas.
Upon arrival, please check in at the desk, you will register in the endoscopy/pain registration area located on the second floor of the Professional Building, suite 202. Bring driver's license and insurance card with you for registration.
You will be escorted from the waiting room to the pre-procedure area where you will change into a hospital gown and moved onto a stretcher. You will meet with your nurses, who will review your history and medication list, check your vital signs, answer questions, and insert your IV. You will meet with an anesthesiologist to discuss your anesthesia plan of care.
A nurse will take you to the endoscopy suite, via stretcher, where your procedure will be performed. At this time, you will review your procedure with your physician, after which an anesthesia provider will initiate anesthetic to begin procedure.
After your endoscopic procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area. Your RAC will be with you in the recovery area and will remain with you until discharge. He or she will receive instructions for your care at home. Your physician will talk to your RAC regarding your procedure. Because anesthesia was administered, an adult must drive you home.
You will remain in the recovery room until you are ready for discharge. You may be a little dizzy when you attempt to sit up and get dressed. Nursing staff will assist you in dressing and help you into a wheelchair. Your RAC will bring the car to the entrance, where we will assist you into the car.
Please do not drive, drink any alcoholic beverages, sign any legal documents, or do anything strenuous after your procedure for 24 hours. It is important that you rest and follow your discharge instructions. Your RAC will assist you at home with ambulation and manipulating stairs. You may follow your normal routine the following day. A nurse will call you to discuss your care and address any concerns the day after your procedure.
We pride ourselves on maintaining your privacy and providing excellent care. If at any time we are not meeting your needs, please let us know. We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible experience.
Thank you for choosing St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.