You will be asked to arrive an hour or more prior to your procedure. A nurse will admit you, and insert an IV (intravenous catheter). You will meet with your surgeon before your procedure and will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Sedation will be given in your IV during the procedure. The procedure is usually well tolerated, but you may experience a feeling of pressure or cramping at various times. Most people sleep through the procedure. It usually lasts 15-30 minutes.
If any polyps are removed, they will be sent to pathology for analysis. Results take less than 1 week.
After the procedure is completed, you will be observed until most of the effects of the sedative have worn off. You may have some mild cramping or bloating from the air that is placed during the examination. This should quickly improve with the passage of flatus.
You should be able to eat and otherwise resume normal activities later that day. You may not drive, operate machinery, sign legal documents, or make important decisions after your procedure.
Your surgeon will discuss results with you and any friends or family that you bring with you, if you wish to share the results. A written summary of your findings will be sent home with you on the day of your procedure. If a polyp is removed, or a biopsy taken, you will be contacted in about 1 week regarding the results.
H. Clay Dean, MD
Theodore Parins, MD