GI Specialists prides itself on a patient-oriented focus in all care. This means courtesy, consideration, and communication. Whether you are coming as a new patient, for a follow-up or regularly scheduled visit, or to undergo an endoscopic procedure, we want you to feel not just cared for expertly but well guided through the care process.
In preparing for your visit, please confirm which GI Specialists location your appointment is scheduled for and take advantage of directions on this site. Bring your insurance card with you.
If you are scheduled for a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, upper endoscopy, or capsule endoscopy, please see the appropriate instructions for preparing for your procedure.
Bring any pertinent medical records or history and your current medications. After you check in at the front desk and are called, one of our experienced medical assistants will conduct you to an exam room, take your vital signs, and confirm some of the information that you have provided to us.
In your consultation, your doctor will discuss your condition, examine you, review tests conducted or needed, and confirm a care plan. At check out, our staff will conclude any payment or billing arrangements and schedule any follow-up care needed with our group.
When you arrive at our ambulatory surgical center/endoscopy suite, whether for a diagnostic or treatment procedure, you will check in at the front desk and, when called, proceed from the waiting room to a curtained changing area in our patient-prep room, where you will undress and put on a gown. If the person who has brought you does not plan to remain at the suite while waiting for you, he or she will need to provide us a phone number, in case we need to contact him or her during your visit. If you are having colonoscopy or endoscopy, your time from arrival to departure will be approximately 90 minutes. If you are having both of these procedures or another type of procedure, your stay will be approximately two hours.
In the gowning area, you will rest on a gurney in the care of a nurse, and you will meet your anesthesiologist and the gastroenterologist performing your procedure. The team will start an intravenous (I.V.) line. Shortly after the team moves you to the procedure room, you will receive sedation.
After the procedure, you will wake in the gowning-and-recovery area again, with nurses monitoring you and providing any assistance you may need. Your doctor will meet you there and review the results of your procedure and any next steps required. In order for you to depart safely, the person accompanying you must escort you out of the suite and must provide you with transportation home, as the effects of sedation will linger slightly.