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The guidelines below should be followed unless otherwise directed by your physician or Endoscopy Center of Arkansas staff.

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♦ Any special lab work or X-rays necessary for your procedure will be arranged by your physician prior to the date of your procedure.

♦ If you have an infection, fever or noticeable change in your health since your last office visit, inform your doctor before you arrive at Endoscopy Center of Arkansas.

♦ Follow the list of instructions if you are scheduled to conduct a bowel prep prior to your procedure.

♦ DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT. (This includes candy, water, coffee, chewing gum, etc.) If you eat or drink anything, your procedure will be cancelled and rescheduled. Prescription medications authorized by your physician may be taken with a small sip of water.

♦ Follow all specific instructions given by your physician.

♦ If possible, refrain from using any form of tobacco at least 24 hour prior to procedure.

♦ If you take Coumadin or any other blood thinner, please notify your physician immediately. Do not take aspirin products one week prior to your procedure.

♦ A family member or friend must accompany you to and from the surgery center. YOU MAY NOT DRIVE AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE. Public transportation should not be used.

♦ Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to change into after you procedure. Depending on the type of procedure, you may be allowed to leave on your socks and underpants.

♦ All valuables should be left at home.

♦ Contact lenses may not be worn. Please bring your lens case.

♦ Remove all make-up, false eyelashes and fingernail polish.

♦ Bring a list of the medications you are currently taking.

♦ Bring your insurance/Medicare/Medicaid card with you, even if you have already provided this information by phone.

♦ Your condition will be closely monitored by staff professionals.

♦ When you can move about, you will be allowed to sit up and visit with a family member or friend.

♦ You will remain in Recovery until your physician feels you are able to be discharged.

In the unlikely event that your physician feels extended care is needed, provisions can be made to arrange overnight care in a local hospital of your choice.

You will be required to have someone stay with you the eveninng following your procedure.

Specific instructions prepared by your physician will be sent home with you.

 

DO NOT drive or operate machinery.

DO NOT drink alcoholic beverages.

♦ Closely follow your physician's instructions after your procedure.

♦ If you have any questions about your procedure, please call your personal physician for details.