Before Your Procedure

Gastroenterology Treatments in New Jersey

In most cases, you will need to begin prepping for your digestive health procedure one to two days before your scheduled appointment. During this time, be aware of any changes or abnormalities in your physical condition. A persistent cough or a sore throat could impact the procedure and you should contact your physician as soon as possible.

If you take any medications, blood thinners or herbal supplements, you will need to check with your doctor to ensure it is safe to continue taking these as your appointment date grows closer. Blood testing may be required before the procedure, which will be arranged by your physician.

In the event that your insurance provider will not cover the costs of the bill, one of our financial advisors will contact you to make necessary arrangements.

The night before and day of your procedure:

  • Do not apply any lotion or skin products.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, including water, mints and gum. Small sips of water to take medication are okay if the doctor has told you it is safe to take said medication before the procedure.
  • Bathe the night before the procedure or early the next morning.
  • Do not wear any makeup.
  • Do not bring any valuables to the hospital with you, including jewelry or cash. We cannot guarantee their security.
  • If you are receiving a sedative, you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. We also recommend that someone stay with you for 24 hours afterward to help you while you recover.

Remember that different procedures may require more specific preparations. The above are general preparation guidelines for digestive health procedures, but your doctor’s instructions may be slightly different. Contact your doctor if there are any details you are unclear on. Failing to prepare properly could result in your procedure being canceled.

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