Endoscopy & 48-Hour Bravo pH Test Prep when on Medications

Location: Piedmont Hospital GI Lab

Report to Hospital GI Lab on __________________at ____________am/pm

Park in the “North” parking deck. Take the elevator to the bridge level BR). Sign will say “Bridge to Hospital”. Get off at the “bridge” level; Walk over the glassed in covered bridge.

Turn right and then left. Look for sign to GI Lab. Check in at the window when you enter the GI Lab. You will be registered there.

Instructions

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Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the procedure. If your procedure is after 12 noon, you may have 8 oz of a clear liquid before 8 am then nothing by mouth.

Because you will be sedated, you cannot drive after the procedure is over. You must have someone to drive you home after the procedure or it will not be performed. This is for your safety. You may not take a taxi by yourself or ride the bus. You may have a friend/family member pick you up at the 95 building pick up area. If you give us a phone number when you are being admitted, we will be happy to speak with the person driving you home and call them an arrange a time to meet them. You will be with us approximately 2 ½ hours.

You should not take any Aspirin, Motrin or like medications 10 days prior. No Plavix for 5 days before the procedure. If you are on Coumadin, you must get your doctor’s permission to stop this drug. We will let you know when you can start back on it. Stop taking Vitamin E 7 days prior to your procedure.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Continue antacid medication, such as Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Aciphex, and Nexium, Zantac, Pepcid, Tagamet or Axid. You may take your medication the morning of the procedure with a small sip of water.
  • Wear comfortable clothes to procedure.
  • Bring your insurance card with you.
  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • Leave your car keys and parking ticket with your driver.
  • If you have any special needs, please notify staff prior to your procedure (Interpreter, pacemaker, internal defibrillator, latex allergy).
  • If you are a Diabetic, please bring your Insulin and Insulin syringes with you. We will check your sugar before and after the procedure and may need to give a dose.

If you have any questions or need to cancel, please call 404-355-3200. Thank you.

When you receive your statement from this procedure, there will be an invoice for the doctor’s fee, an invoice for the endoscopy center (supplies and nursing care), anesthesia invoice for Propofol and you may receive a separate bill from the Pathology laboratory if biopsies are obtained.

If you have any questions regarding insurance or pre-certification, please call our billing office at 404-603-3543.

**If your insurance does not cover this procedure and you have been notified that there is a deductible or Coinsurance that you need to pay, please bring a credit card (VISA, MC or AMEX only) or a check.

***Digestive Healthcare of Georgia Endoscopy center is co-owned and operated by The Physicians of Digestive Healthcare and Piedmont Hospital. ***

The physicians at Digestive Healthcare of Georgia are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In the interest of everyone’s health and safety we ask all patients and their guests who have a fever (100° or above), symptoms of a respiratory infection, or who may have traveled to a restricted country or may have been exposed to a person with known COVID-19, the flu or any other communicable disease to reschedule their appointments or procedures. You will not be charged for canceling/rescheduling your appointment. We will be following CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health’s recommendations for screening and management of patients. If you are at all concerned you may have a serious infectious disease, your best course of action is to seek care at your primary care physician’s office or local hospital’s emergency department.

We have implemented a telemedicine visit for our patients who are unable to be in the office for their appointment. Please call our office to schedule a telemedicine visit with your provider.