Preparing for a Colonoscopy or Other Procedure in Atlanta?
Are you having a procedure done at GI Specialists of Georgia? Take a look at the preparation forms for several of our most common procedures listed below. Should you not find the information you need, please contact us with any questions or concerns.
You should plan on wearing loose-fitting clothing for an abdominal ultrasound, as you may be asked to remove some of it during the exam. You also won’t be able to eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before the test.
If you’re having a capsule endoscopy procedure, you’ll need to purchase Miralax and Gatorade in preparation for it. On the day of your procedure, you’ll be given a pill cam capsule to swallow. Images are transmitted to a recorder device for up to eight hours. This type of endoscopy procedure provides more in-depth images of the small intestine.
An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) allows us to take a closer look at your upper gastrointestinal tract to diagnose issues with the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine. An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopa pancreatogram (ERCP) allows us to examine the bile and pancreatic ducts. Your stomach will need to be empty the day of either of these procedures. You should also plan on spending at least four hours at our office due to the use of sedation during these procedures.
You’ll need to purchase two fleet enemas and Dulcolax 5mg laxative tablets from your pharmacy. You’ll need to maintain a clear liquid diet the entire day before your procedure, using the enemas and the Dulcolax tablets as instructed.
During an esophageal manometry procedure, a small flexible tube will be inserted through your nose down to your stomach. This tube allows us to measure the pressure in various parts of your esophagus. You’ll be asked to sip small amounts of water as we monitor this test.
Pelvic ultrasounds use soundwaves to produce images of the organs in your lower abdomen and pelvis. Because you’ll need to have a full bladder for this exam, we’ll ask you to drink at least 32 ounces of water an hour before the procedure.
Hemorrhoidal banding is a simple, painless, and effective method for eradicating hemorrhoids in impacted patients. More importantly, it serves as an alternative to traditional measures, making it a better fit for nearly all patients. Hemorrhoids are painful, disruptive, and potentially embarrassing. You don’t have to live with them. GI Specialists of Georgia is proud to stay up to date on the latest techniques and theories in the medical community. Our willingness to offer hemorrhoidal banding is one way we do so.
FibroScan or Transient elastography is a non-invasive way to reveal any fibrosis (scarring or stiffness) or fatty deposits within the liver. It is a quick and simple test that works using ultrasound.
Anorectal manometry is a test that measures how well the rectum and anal sphincter are working. The anorectal manometry test is commonly given to people who have fecal incontinence or constipation.
Prepping for a Colonoscopy
Patients prepping for a colonoscopy may be asked to pick up a prescription from their pharmacy. Whether we ask you to take MoviPrep® or SUPREP, it’s essential to follow the instructions carefully. These colonoscopy prep materials afford us an unobstructed view of your entire colon during the procedure, allowing us to spot any abnormal growths more effectively. You’ll also be asked to maintain a clear liquid diet for at least 24 hours before the colonoscopy.
Patients prepping for a colonoscopy may be asked to pick up a prescription from their pharmacy. Whether we ask you to take MOviPrep(registered mark) or SUPREP, it’s essential to follow the instructions carefully. These colonoscopy prep materials afford us an unobstructed view of your entire colon during the procedure, allowing us to spot abnormal growths effectively. You’ll be asked at minimum to maintain a clear liquid diet for at least 24 hours before the colonoscopy. For more information about prepping for your colonoscopy or any other procedures your physician has ordered, please click on the link below. One of our patient advisors can help answer any questions about your procedure. Please click here: https://www.yourpatientadvisor.com/