The Day of Your Procedure
Remember you cannot eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure. You may take your usual medications on the day of your exam unless otherwise instructed. Please take those medications with just enough water to swallow. You will not be able to drive home after your colonoscopy or EGD because of intravenous sedation. Please have a responsible adult available to take you home later that day. If any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your safety is very important to us.
Colonoscopies allow your doctor examine your large intestine or colon for abnormalities such as polyps and colon cancer by inserting a thin, flexible tube into your anus and advancing it into the rectum and colon.
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Endoscopies allow your doctor to examine the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, such as the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, using a thin, flexible tube. This procedure is useful for the evaluation of upper abdominal pain, persistent acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing or bleeding. Download our PDF for more information on endoscopies.
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Flexible Sigmoidoscopies allow your doctor to evaluate the rectum and the lower portion of the colon by inserting a flexible tube into the anus. Download our PDF for more information on flexible sigmoidoscopies.
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This procedure allows your doctor to examine the middle part of your gastrointestinal tract, which would not be accessible with a traditional endoscopy or colonoscopy. The patient ingests a small, pill sized video camera that takes a picture recording of the small intestine as it passes through.
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You should not drive an automobile or use any equipment that may injure yourself or others 24 hours after discharge. Please have assistance when walking up or down stairs. To prevent nausea after you have been put to sleep, you should begin your food intake with liquids (any type of liquid – soup, broths, jello, ginger ale, etc.) and progress to solid foods slowly. You should not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after discharge. If you become dizzy, lie down completely flat until all dizziness is gone. Legal decisions should be delayed for 24 hours after discharge. Parents may need assistance with children at home for the remainder of the day. If you have any problems after arriving home following your procedure, please contact us at 434-572-8196. If the office is closed, you can contact your doctor 24 hours a day by calling Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at 434-517-3100.
At Southern Gastroenterology Associates we offer the following interventional procedures, performed by our board certified physicians. These are performed on an outpatient basis with the assistance of our trained staff. Please click on the PDF link for more information on each procedure:
Conditions We Treat:
Conditions and Diseases of the GI Tract
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