Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I am not feeling well?
If you are not feeling well, please contact your physician immediately.If you have any signs of a chest/ head cold or flu like symptoms PLEASE call the office and reschedule your appointment for when you are well. If you arrive ill your procedure will be cancelled in the interest of patient safety.
What if I cannot make my appointment?
Please notify your physician’s office during normal business hours if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients. In the event that you have to cancel your appointment at the last minute, please call the Endoscopy Center at 415-464-0606 and leave a message.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable loose fitting clothing. A short sleeve
t-shirt is advised as you can keep this on under the patient gown. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring socks with you to wear to help keep your feet covered and warm. Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry. If you are unable to do this, please make the staff aware of this.
Why must I refrain from drinking prior to my procedure?
You MUST refrain from any fluid intake for 3 hours prior to your arrival in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents during your exam. This complication is very serious and you need to strictly abide by your Physicians recommendations. This has nothing to do with nausea and vomiting after your procedure as some think.
These are based on safety standards. Please note that the standards have been reviewed recently. We believe that the fasting time should be as short as possible before your procedure. You will not improve your safety by not eating or drinking longer than necessary.
Should I take my usual daily medication?
Your physician will inform you if any of your medications should be stopped prior to your procedure. Please call your physician with any questions you may have regarding your medications.
People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of procedure.
May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects during or after the procedure. Many of these remedies may interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) Please ask your physician when you should stop these medications. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.
Who may accompany me?
You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person may be the responsible party that the staff gives your discharge instructions to if you have agreed to this on admission. Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.
Will I receive sedation before going into the procedure room?
We will individualize each patient's care. Typically we do not provide sedation prior to transfer to the procedure room.
Will I be contacted before my procedure?
Yes. We call each patient before the procedure date to confirm the appointment time and hopefully answer any of your questions and review your health history information.
Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?
Yes. You can comfortably take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, etc. We recommend you refrain from applying body lotions to the chest area as this may hinder our ability to apply the cardiac monitors.
What should I do if I started my menstrual cycle?
This will not affect your procedure.
What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?
It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. If there is any doubt please contact your Physician immediately.
May I drive home?
Any patient receiving sedation cannot drive until the next day. A patient receiving sedation for a procedure needs a ride home. All patients are required to have a ride home and will be received by a responsible adult when they arrive home. Patients will not be allowed to drive, after sedation. Please make the appropriate arrangements.
What if I have special needs?
We will make every effort to accommodate any special need you may have. We strongly encourage you to call the Center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable.
Should I bring my special needs equipment?
Yes. Please bring any walkers, post-op crutches, hearing aids, etc.
What must I bring on the day of the procedure?
Bring photo ID, Insurance cards, a pair of socks, short sleeve t-shirt, wear loose comfortable clothing and leave all other valuables at home. Also bring your rides name and phone number.
How do I get a copy of my records?
Please complete the request for Medical Records release Form and follow the directions at the bottom of the page to send it to us.
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