Procedure Preparation for Endoscopy
We understand that an upcoming procedure can at times be confusing or intimidating. If you are going to UPMC for a procedure to help improve your digestive health, we want your experience to go smoothly, which is why it’s important to follow all preparation instructions. View our procedure preparation instructions so you can be informed.
If you are scheduled for a procedure with us, your doctor or gastroenterology team member will inform you of the specific procedure preparations you should take. If you know the exact procedure that will be used, you can download the preparation procedure below.
- Colonoscopy Preparation
- Colyte Preparation
- Plenvu Preparation
- SUPREP Preparation
- Upper Endoscopy Preparation
When You Get Here
When you arrive at UPMC Williamsport, you will go through the following steps:
- Take the West elevator to the 4th floor, turn right off the elevator, go through the double doors and down the hall to GI/Endoscopy.
- Check in at the desk in the OR waiting area. You will be directed where to wait.
- Hospital staff will take your blood pressure, pulse, respirations and temperature, and nursing staff will ask for a brief medical history.
- An IV will be started, then the anesthesiologist will speak with you.
- You will be taken to the procedure room and will have the opportunity to speak with the performing gastroenterologist before sedation is administered.
After the Procedure
A nurse or doctor will speak about the results of your procedure and your discharge instructions before you leave the hospital. If you prefer, you can opt for a follow-up phone call the next day.
General post-procedure guidelines:
- Unless instructed otherwise, a family member or friend must take you home. You are not permitted to drive or operate heavy machinery for the remainder of the day.
- Unless instructed otherwise, you may eat and drink as usual. You might be told to refrain from certain activities.
- You may feel minor problems, like bloating or cramping after a procedure. These should disappear within 24 hours.
At UPMC, our goal is to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment. For any questions before or after a procedure, don’t hesitate to call us at 570-321-3454.