Arranging a Ride Home Before the Day of Your Test
It is extremely important that you make arrangements to have a family member, friend, or responsible adult available to take you home after your procedure. This person must come and get you in the procedure area of the GI unit when you are ready for discharge. If your procedure is at our Boston Campus, there is free 20 minute parking for your ride to park their car and come up to the unit.
You May Not Drive Yourself Home After the Test
If you take a cab, use a ride share app, or the MBTA RIDE program, someone (family member/friend/responsible adult) must ride home with you (in addition to the driver). This is a policy that is strictly enforced for your safety. No exceptions are made unless you plan to undergo the procedure without sedation. If you wish to do this, you should discuss it with your doctor in advance. NOTE: In the event that you have trouble finding a responsible adult to accompany you home, you may try your local Council on Aging/Senior Center. Many local cities and towns run a volunteer medical escort program. You can call your local office to find out if this is available in your area. Advanced notice is always appreciated.
More Medications Tips and Information
- On the morning of your procedure, you can take any approved daily medications with a small sip of water.
- If you take a blood-thinning medication or anticoagulant, special instructions may apply. Please call 617-754-8888 if you have not heard from one of our GI nurses about these medications.
- If you have diabetes, preparing for a procedure may involve some temporary changes in your diet. Please contact the doctor who manages your diabetes for advice regarding any changes that are needed in your diabetes medicine the day before and the day of your test. If you have an insulin pump, please discuss management with your diabetes doctor before your procedure.
- If you take aspirin, NSAIDs, or other pain medications, you may take them as usual. It is not necessary to stop them prior to your procedure.
- If you are taking iron or a supplement that includes iron, please stop taking it for seven days before your colonoscopy.
If you may be pregnant, please consult your primary care or OB/GYN doctor prior to your appointment to discuss optimal timing for your GI procedure, and the best approach to anesthesia and sedation.
What to Expect
You should arrive one hour before your procedure unless told otherwise. There is on-site parking and a 15 minute drop-off zone. This map will help you to navigate the medical center. When arriving to our procedure unit, you will be greeted by a team member who will help you check-in and direct you to our waiting area. Someone from our team will then escort you to the admitting area, where a nurse will review your medications and medical history. If you are receiving MAC anesthesia for this procedure, you will also be visited by a member of the anesthesia team. An IV will be placed in your arm and our team will transport you to the procedure room. Before sedation or anesthesia is administered, you will speak to the physician about the procedure and sign consent forms agreeing to undergo the procedure. Sedation or anesthesia will then be administered, which will take effect within a few minutes, and the procedure will be performed. Following the procedure, you will rest while recovering from sedation before heading home. As you cannot leave alone, your designated family member, friend, or responsible adult will take you home once our team discharges you.
Because medical procedures do not always go according to schedule, there may be unexpected delays on the day of your procedure. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
Recovering from Sedation
Most patients receive sedatives for procedures. As you recover from the sedatives, you should not go back to work or school and you should not make important decisions. If you normally care for children or disabled relatives, get help with these responsibilities on the day of your test. You may resume all activities the next day unless otherwise discussed with your physician.
You will stay in our recovery area for about ½ hour after your procedure. A nurse will monitor your recovery and go over your discharge instructions with you.
Feel free to bring a music device with ear buds to use during the procedure.
Please make sure you have obtained an insurance referral/authorization for your procedure if one is required by your insurance company. If you have any questions about this please call our office or the customer service number on your insurance card.