At Summit Endoscopy Center, we perform colonoscopies and upper endoscopies. Here you will find general information needed for either procedure as well as links to preparation instructions.
You must have a driver that stays on the hospital campus while your procedure is being performed and to drive you home. If you do not have a driver, your procedure will not be performed.
If you have special needs, please notify the staff prior to your procedure.
Two weeks before a procedure: Stop taking any herbal products.
One week before your procedure: TAKE NO ASPIRIN. Read all “over the counter” labels and take no medications that contains aspirin. Take no Ibuprofren (Advil, Aleve, etc.), no BC or Goody’s Powders, no arthritis medications or anti-inflammatory medications. You may take Tylenol. Do not take Vitamin E, Iron, multi vitamins or fish oil. All of these medications have a blood thinning effect and could cause unnecessary bleeding. Your doctor will advise you to stop prescribed blood thinners 2, 3, 4, or 5 days before the procedure.
The morning of the procedure: when you wake up, take heart medications, breathing medications, blood pressure medications or seizure medications with a sip of water. If you have any doubt about whether you should take your medications prior to your procedure, simply bring them with you.
If you are diabetic, read and follow the special diabetic instructions below.
Please do not consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your exam.
Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to remove. Jewelry should be left at home with exception of wedding bands. Remove any tongue, lip, nose and cheek piercings prior to the procedure.
Please select the laxative prescribed by your physician. Do NOT follow the instructions on the box.