Day of Procedure
Endoscopy Services at WakeMed Cary Hospital
The Day of Procedure
- Please brush your teeth the morning of procedure, but do not swallow any water.
- Please bathe or shower before procedure.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing.
- If you wear contact lenses, please bring contact supplies and/or wear your glasses.
- Do not wear any make-up or dark colored nail polish.
- Leave valuables at home, including jewelry, piercings and money.
Medication Guidelines for Day of Surgery
- You should take your heart, blood pressure, seizure, asthma medicine with two tablespoons of water, unless instructed otherwise by your physician.
- If you are unsure about whether or not you should take your regular medications, please speak with your physician or Endoscopy nurse.
- Do not take your insulin or diabetes pill(s).
- If you use an inhaler at home, please bring it with you to the hospital.
- Inform your Endoscopy nurse if you have taken blood thinner medications (Plavix, Heparin, and Coumadin) within the last month prior to your procedure.
- If you have sleep apnea, please bring your CPAP device with you.
At the Hospital
Arrive at the hospital one and a half hours before your scheduled surgery unless otherwise instructed by the Endoscopy staff or your physician.
Free parking is available in the surface lot in front of the hospital.
Enter at Cary Hospital's Main Entrance and check-in at the Information Desk. You will receive a number that is called when Patient Registration is ready to register you. After verifying that all of your insurance and demographic information is correct, Patient Registration will place an armband on your wrist. You will then be directed to the Endoscopy Reception Area.
You and your family will receive a Endoscopy Center pager. This pager is used as a communication tool while you are under the care of the Endoscopy Center staff. Whenever this pager is activated (blinks and makes buzzing noise), please return to the Endoscopy Reception Desk for information.
Your family will keep this service pager until you are discharged home, transferred to a room or they leave the hospital. If your family leaves the hospital, we ask that they provide a cell phone number. We ask that children not be left unattended in the lobby.
After registering, you will be brought back to the Endoscopy Center for pre-op preparation. This process will take approximately 20-30 minutes. Your family will wait in the lobby during this time. Once prepped, you will be allowed two visitors in the pre-op area.
As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the utmost safety for our patients, you may be asked the same questions by more than one caregiver. Staff responsible for your care will verify who you are, what kind of procedure you are having. Staff will also double-check what you tell them against the documents from your physician's office. While it might seem redundant, it is an important part of our quality assurance (safety) process.
Prior to surgery, your physician will meet with you in the pre-op area to discuss your plan of care. You will sign a consent for the procedure on the day of exam.
Just before the procedure begins the entire Endoscopy team will take a "time out". During this time out, the team assures that they are performing the correct procedure on the correct patient.
Following the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area where you will be monitored until you are awake and able to drink fluids. Your physician will discuss the procedure with you and your responsible person. You will also be given complete verbal and written instructions for discharge at this time.