Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you have questions about the diagnostic procedures or services that we offer? Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to call our office at (915) 545-5300 if you need additional information. We are always pleased to assist you.

 

What should I bring the day of surgery?

Please bring all insurance cards and information with you. Your doctor may provide you with a surgical center Registration Form that you can fill out and bring with you. If your doctor did not give you a blank registration form, you can print out the form under the Forms heading on this website, complete it and bring it in on the day of surgery.

  • Please bring your list of medications, including any supplements, herbal and vitamins that you take. Include the dosages.
  • Please bring any paperwork given to you by your surgeon.
  • Please bring your healthcare Power of Attorney and/or Guardianship papers (if applicable).
  • Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home (including rings, watches, necklaces, earrings, and money). While we do our best to safeguard your belongings, they are best secured at home.

 

Can I take my medication before the procedure?

You can take all your medications; however, your physician may modify your specific medication regimen.

 

What can I eat after I leave?

Generally diets are not restricted following the procedure.  

 

Am I going to feel anything during the procedure?

Most endoscopic procedures are done under what is called "conscious" or "moderate" sedation.  This involves giving you one or more medications through an intravenous (IV) line.  This type of sedation causes you to become drowsy and relaxed, and you may sleep during the procedure, not consciously aware of what is occurring.  In addition, some medications produce a temporary short-term amnesia effect.  Therefore, you may not remember anything that occurs during and sometimes for a short time after the procedure.

 
You will be able to breathe on your own and follow simple commands.  For most patients, this sedation is more than adequate for their procedure.  If you drink moderate to large quantities of alcohol, take sleeping pills, or take anti-depressants or pain pills on a regular basis, this can alter the efficacy of the sedative.  Be sure to discuss this with your physician prior to the day of your procedure.

 

How will I feel after my procedure?

Upon the completion of your procedure you will be transported to the recovery area until you are ready to be discharged from the center, generally about 30 minutes. Since you have received sedation during the procedure, it is essential that you have appropriate transportation to and from the center. For you safety you will not be allowed to drive yourself home.

 

Will I be able to drive after my surgery?

If you are having a procedure under moderate sedation, with the exception of local anesthesia, you cannot drive, and must be accompanied home     by a responsible adult. This policy is for your safety, and is strictly adhered to. You cannot take a taxi home, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.

 

When will I get my results?

Your physician will usually be able to tell you how well your procedure went and possibly some preliminary findings prior to your discharge.  If tissue samples were obtained, your physician's office should be in contact with you in a few days with the results.  Contact your physician's office if you have any questions about your results.

 

Will I be billed separately by the Pathologist?

You will be billed separately by the pathologists for their professional fees.  These fees are not included in the surgical center facility fees.  If you have any questions regarding this charges, please call  (915) 545-5300.