For Your Visit

After scheduling your appointment:

Whether you scheduled your appointment at your physician's office or by phone, you will receive instructions for your procedure. Please review these instructions as soon as you receive them.  There is important information regarding medications that need to be stopped and those that need to be continued. These instructions also contain information about over-the-counter and herbal medications that need to be stopped prior to your procedure. Secure transportation to and from Endoscopy Center at St. Mary for the day of your procedure. YOU MAY NOT DRIVE YOURSELF HOME OR TAKE A BUS OR CAB ALONE!  If you have questions, please call us at 215.750.7700. You should also check with your insurance company to confirm coverage for your procedure and to check if you have any financial responsibility such as co-pays and deductibles.

One week before your colonoscopy:

Review your instructions again! Purchase your preparation kit if you are having a colonoscopy. Review the instructions given to you by the office on how to take your preparation. DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH THE PREP.  

24 hours prior to your procedure:

 You will receive a phone call from the nursing staff to obtain information about your medical history and to confirm your ARRIVAL TIME. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS TIME WILL BE 30-45 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED PROCEDURE TIME. Occasionally, due to cancellations, we may ask you if you are able to adjust your time and come in earlier. If this is not possible for you please feel free to inform us of that. You are not obligated to change your original time. Also during that call the nurse will discuss any medications you are to take prior to coming in. Patients who are insulin dependent diabetics should discuss any insulin dose adjustments that are needed with the physician who prescribes the insulin. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR DIABETICS TO MONITOR THEIR BLOOD SUGAR DURING THE PREPARATIONS FOR A COLONOSCOPY! If you are having problems with your preparation after our business hours (7 am to 4:30 pm) please call the office of the physician who will be performing your procedure for advice. The on-call physician will call you back!



Morning of your procedure:

Please have nothing by mouth after midnight unless it is part of the preparation for the procedure. Some medications may be taken with a small sip of water and the nurses will go over this during the pre-procedure call. DIABETIC PATIENTS SHOULD CHECK THEIR BLOOD SUGAR IN THE MORNING! Please leave your valuables home. We will only need to check your insurance card and photo ID on arrival. Also please bring the name and phone number of your emergency contact person and the person who will be driving you home.