1.  How is my Diabetes affected by a clear liquid diet?

If you take your diabetic medications and are taking only a clear liquid diet, you must consume liquids with calories.  For clear liquid, please drink regular soda, not diet.  Please use regular Jell-O, not sugar free.  Please use fruit juices that are pulp free, to get more calories.  Test your blood glucose often during your pre-proceudre preparation.  Do NOT take your daibetic medication the day of your procedure.

2.  Can I eat or drink after I finish drinking my bowel cleansing Prep?

You may have nothing by mouth after the completion of your bowel cleansing prep. Nothing 4 hours before your scheduled appointment.

3.  Can I use chewing gum, hard candy or chewing tabacco on my procedure day?

NO.  These items are not permitted 4 hours prior to a sedated procedure.  These items have the ability to increase saliva and gastric secretions.  Serious medical complications are associated with patients who do not have an empty stomach.  Using these items will cause a delay or cancellation of your procedure.

4.  What type of anesthesia do you use and will it make me sick?

We use a drug called Propofol.  This drug is a short-acting, IV anesthetic.  This drug has very few side effects.  Propofol has anti-nausea properties, so there is a very low incidence of nausea compared to other agents.  This drug is commonly used for short procedures because of its ability to produce loss of awareness and has a shorter recovery period.

5.  If the doctor finds a polyp during my procedure, will he remove it?

In most cases, yes.  All of our doctors are trained in the latest endoscopic techniques.  Most polyps can be removed at the time of the procedure.

6.  Why do I need to bring a driver for my endoscopic appointment?

Endoscopic examinations such as colonoscopy and gastroscopy require sedation. The sedation is to promote comfort to the patient, but will make the patient groggy for several hours and slow reflexes for up to 16 hours. This is why you cannot drive your car or perform activities that require quick reflexes until the following morning. It is necessary for you to come with a friend or family member who can safely drive you home after your test is over.