The Center for Special Surgery at Hawthorne

104 Lincoln Avenue

Hawthorne, NJ 07506

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Gastroenterology

 

 
 
Pre-Operative Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Colonoscopy Instructions
(Lower Endoscopy)
 
Welcome

Thank you for considering The Center For Special Surgery for your upcoming procedure. We’re committed to quality health care.  Proof of this commitment is our Accreditation by The Joint Commission. We’ve been awarded accreditation because we strive to provide the very best care possible, and we’ve proven it by meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for high quality health care.  We look forward to providing you with state of the art medical care with a personal touch of comfort and attention to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your stay. The following will answer the most commonly asked questions.

 
Important When Scheduling
  • Please tell your doctor if you are taking Coumadin, Aspirin, heart or high blood pressure medications. 

  • Stop taking iron pills, vitamins with iron and blood-thinning medications (such as Coumadin, Aspirin, Plavix) at least three days prior to your procedure. 

  • Please tell your doctor if you have a heart murmur, rheumatoid heart disease, or if you have had joint-replacement surgery.

 

The Day Before Your Procedure

STOP EATING ALL SOLID FOODS! 

You must be on a liquid diet for the entire day before your colonoscopy.

-You may drink as much liquid as you need: 

  • Chicken / beef broth 

  • Water

  • White grape juice

  • Soda

  • Black coffee

  • Plain tea

- You may also eat plain JELL-O

DO NOT:

  • Have any food or drink with red dye 

  • Have any dairy products

  

Bowel Preparation  
  • Take the bowel preparation as directed by your physician.

  • If you have a problem beginning or completing the colon preparation, please call your doctor's office as soon as possible.

  • You may feel slightly bloated until you start moving your bowels. Diarrhea will continue for about 1 hour after you finish the prep.

  • It is important that you drink the entire contents before midnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          At Midnight

STOP ALL EATING AND DRINKING!

 

The Day Of Your Procedure
  • We ask that you arrive at the Center one half hour prior to your appointment time unless otherwise specified. You will be receiving IV sedation so you will be sleeping and comfortable throughout your procedure. 

CLOTHING:

  • Please wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

  • All insurance cards.

  • A photo ID.

  • A list of all medications you take.

DO NOT:

  • Wear jewelry or bring valuables.

  • Eat or drink anything including pills/medications, unless otherwise instructed.

  • Wear any make-up.

 

During Your Procedure

Your physician, an anesthesiologist, and at least one nurse will be present with you throughout the length of your procedure to monitor your status and help you feel as comfortable as possible. Light sedation is administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.  This method has been designed to ensure a pleasant and relaxed experience for our patients. After your procedure, you will be escorted to the recovery area for a short time until you are fully alert.  Recovery from light sedation may take up to one half hour, however, a few individuals may require a longer period of time. Once alert, you will be offered a light snack. Your doctor will visit you in the recovery area and he/she will have the opportunity to answer some of your questions immediately.  Please keep in mind that the results of any biopsies taken require a few days to be evaluated and your physician will discuss these with you once he/she receives the results.

   

Your Discharge

YOU CANNOT DRIVE YOURSELF HOME AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE! 

You must have a responsible adult driver, 18 years or older and we request that you handle these arrangements in advance. Your companion or driver may choose to stay in our waiting area throughout the period of your procedure, or a staff member will be happy to make a telephone call for you when you are prepared to leave the facility.  

You may resume normal diet as soon as you feel able, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

We strongly recommend that you not make plans for the remainder of the day because you should go home and rest.

View more detailed post-operative instructions HERE.

 

Billing

The center will bill your insurance directly for your surgery including all supplies.  In addition, your insurance company will be billed separately by your surgeon, anesthesiologist and, if applicable, the laboratory where specimens have been sent.

 

Privacy Practices

The privacy of your medical information is important to us.  We understand that your medical information is personal and we are committed to protecting it. We create a record of the care and services you receive at our facility including any test results that you may have concerning your general health and your specific condition. This information is kept confidential and is generally shared only with your physician(s) and insurance company but may also be disclosed to your lawyer (if applicable and with a signed release) and certain governmental agencies and oversight organizations.  We will not sell your name to any marketing or fundraising companies. View all patient disclosures HERE

 

 

 

 

EGD Instructions

(Upper Endoscopy)
 
Welcome

Thank you for considering The Center For Special Surgery for your upcoming procedure. We’re committed to quality health care.  Proof of this commitment is our Accreditation by The Joint Commission. We’ve been awarded accreditation because we strive to provide the very best care possible, and we’ve proven it by meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for high quality health care.  We look forward to providing you with state of the art medical care with a personal touch of comfort and attention to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your stay. The following will answer the most commonly asked questions.

 

Important When Scheduling
  • Please tell your doctor if you are taking Coumadin, Aspirin, heart or high blood pressure medications. 

  • Stop taking iron pills, vitamins with iron and blood-thinning medications (such as Coumadin, Aspirin, Plavix) at least three days prior to your procedure. 

  • Please tell your doctor if you have a heart murmur, rheumatoid heart disease, or if you have had joint-replacement surgery.

 

The Day Before Your Procedure

STOP EATING AND DRINKING AT MIDNIGHT!

We may have to cancel your procedure if you eat or drink after midnight.

 

The Day Of Your Procedure
  • We ask that you arrive at the Center one half hour prior to your appointment time unless otherwise specified. You will be receiving IV sedation so you will be sleeping and comfortable throughout your procedure. 

CLOTHING:

  • Please wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

  • All insurance cards.

  • A photo ID.

  • A list of all medications you take.

DO NOT:

  • Wear jewelry or bring valuables.

  • Eat or drink anything including pills/medications, unless otherwise instructed.

  • Wear any make-up.

 

During Your Procedure

Your physician, an anesthesiologist, and at least one nurse will be present with you throughout the length of your procedure to monitor your status and help you feel as comfortable as possible. Light sedation is administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.  This method has been designed to ensure a pleasant and relaxed experience for our patients. After your procedure, you will be escorted to the recovery area for a short time until you are fully alert.  Recovery from light sedation may take up to one half hour, however, a few individuals may require a longer period of time. Once alert, you will be offered a light snack. Your doctor will visit you in the recovery area and he/she will have the opportunity to answer some of your questions immediately.  Please keep in mind that the results of any biopsies taken require a few days to be evaluated and your physician will discuss these with you once he/she receives the results.

   

Your Discharge

YOU CANNOT DRIVE YOURSELF HOME AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE! 

You must have a responsible adult driver, 18 years or older and we request that you handle these arrangements in advance. Your companion or driver may choose to stay in our waiting area throughout the period of your procedure, or a staff member will be happy to make a telephone call for you when you are prepared to leave the facility.  

You may resume normal diet as soon as you feel able, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

We strongly recommend that you not make plans for the remainder of the day because you should go home and rest.

View more detailed post-operative instructions HERE.

 

Billing

The center will bill your insurance directly for your surgery including all supplies.  In addition, your insurance company will be billed separately by your surgeon, anesthesiologist and, if applicable, the laboratory where specimens have been sent.

 

Privacy Practices

The privacy of your medical information is important to us.  We understand that your medical information is personal and we are committed to protecting it. We create a record of the care and services you receive at our facility including any test results that you may have concerning your general health and your specific condition. This information is kept confidential and is generally shared only with your physician(s) and insurance company but may also be disclosed to your lawyer (if applicable and with a signed release) and certain governmental agencies and oversight organizations.  We will not sell your name to any marketing or fundraising companies. View all patient disclosures HERE.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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