Your physician has scheduled you for an endoscopy procedure at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. The goal of our staff is to make your visit to our facility as pleasant as possible. To help us reach this goal, please read the following information and follow the instructions carefully. It is important that you review the information no later than three days before your procedure.
A hospital representative should call you between 3-6 p.m. the afternoon before your procedure to confirm your schedule time and the time you should arrive. If your procedure is scheduled for a Monday or is scheduled for the day after a holiday,we will call you the last business day PRIOR to your procedure (Monday through Friday).
In case of emergency, contact your doctor.
Our highly skilled staff uses advanced equipment to provide you with the excellent medical attention you deserve. Since we are concerned with your physical and emotional well-being, we make every attempt to keep you comfortable and at ease.
It is extremely important you make arrangements for a responsible adult to accompany you to the hospital on the day of your procedure. Also, plan to have a responsible adult stay overnight with you at your home on the day of the procedure. If a responsible adult is not with you when you arrive at the hospital or cannot stay with you overnight, your procedure cannot be performed.
What to stop and when
- Stop all herbal and/or diet medication now
- Marijuana and “street drugs” must be stopped 3 days before your procedure
- No alcoholic beverages for 48 hours prior to your procedure
- No tobacco products the night before or day of the procedure
Complications can occur when any of the above are mixed with anesthetic agents.
Prior to your procedure, follow the dietary instructions and do the preparations as instructed by your physician.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight including water, juice, gum, hard candy or breath mints.
You cannot have anything liquid or solid by mouth except medication indicated below:
- Breathing, seizure, heart or blood pressure medications may be taken the morning of the procedure with a small sip of water
- DO NOT TAKE ANY OTHER MEDICINE THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE
- If you are diabetic, DO NOT take any pills or insulin the morning of your procedure. DO bring your insulin with you
- If you use inhalers, bring them with you
- If you take any blood thinners (Coumadin, Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Heparin, Plavix, etc.) contact your doctor to see if and when they should be discontinued
The Day of Your Procedure
Perform your normal morning routines such as showering and brushing your teeth.
What to bring:
- Insurance cards
- Advance Directive/Durable Power of Attorney for healthcare if applicable
- A list of medications with dosages and how often you take them
- A list of your allergies
- If you usually wear contact lenses, please wear your glasses on the day of the procedure and remember to bring an eyeglass case
- Dress in loose fitting, comfortable clothing that can be folded and stored easily
What NOT to bring:
- Checkbook, money, credit cards, wallets or purses
- Jewelry, contact lenses, or any other valuables - Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital cannot be responsible for your personal property
- All body piercings must be removed prior to your procedure
Arriving at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Enter through the Garden entrance of the hospital and tell the representative that you are here for a procedure. You will be directed to take the elevator to the first floor. Go left out of the elevator to the surgical reception desk. In most cases, you will be given a history form to fill out at this time. Preparations for surgery vary with each patient. As a result, you may be taken out of the order in which you arrive.
Before the procedure:
- If you are having an esophageal manometry or capsule endoscopy procedure, you may be taken directly to the Endoscopy department and will not be required to change your clothing
- For all other Endoscopy procedures you will be taken to the Pre-Operative Care Unit
- Your temperature, pulse and blood pressure may be taken and you may be hooked up to a heart monitor
- You will change into a hospital gown
- A medical profession may discuss the type of anesthesia you will receive
- An Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Endoscopy nurse will visit you to discuss your procedure and health history
- A medical professional will start an IV and possibly take a blood and or urine sample if needed
- Dentures, glasses and other prosthesis need to be removed
- Personal belongings will be stored under your cart or given to the adult accompanying you
After the procedure:
- You may go to Phase I Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (Recovery Room) where you will be closely observed by a medical professional.
- When sufficiently recovered, you may be transferred to Phase II PACU
- The adult accompanying you may be brought back to visit with you
- You can be given light refreshments if allowed by your doctor
- A medical professional will review your post-endoscopy instructions prior to your discharge
After you have been discharged from the hospital, plan to spend time relaxing and resting.
- For 24 hours following your procedure, do not drive, use any power tools, drink any alcohol, or sign any legal documents if you have been given anesthesia.
- Resume your normal diet as tolerated unless otherwise instructed.
- If you are experiencing excessive pain, bleeding, or have temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit orally, please call your physician immediately.
- For any concerns, questions or in case of an emergency, call your doctor or come to the Emergency Department at Huron Valley-Sinai.
If you have any questions about these instructions, please call (248) 937-3475 and leave your name, a number where you can be reached and we will attempt to get back to you within 24-48 hours during normal business hours.