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Phone: 508-425-5446
Fax: 508-852-3905

Before Your Surgery Checklist

A GI nurse will you call you a week before your procedure to review special instructions, location, date, time, and to answer any questions you may have. If you have any additional questions, please call us at 508-425-5446.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delays or cancellations.

Food and Drink

Endoscopy Patients – The night before your Endoscopy, you may eat a full meal and drink liquids prior to 11 pm. After midnight, patients may only have clear liquids (NO dairy, cream, red dye, etc.) up to 6 hours prior to their procedure start time.

Colonoscopy Patients – The day before your Colonoscopy, you will be following a clear liquid diet (NO dairy, cream, red dye, etc.). On this day, please also follow the Prep instructions provided to you by your physician.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.

Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Please leave valuables at home.

Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, or certain herbal medicines. You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery. You can discuss this with your surgeon.

What You Need on The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers, and addresses.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required. If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department 508-425-5446 as soon as possible.