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Prepare for Your Appointment

Welcome to WestGlen GI Consultants. We’re here to make sure your care goes smoothly, from your first office visit and until your symptoms are resolved.

Preparing for Your Office Visit

If you are new to our practice, please download and complete our  New Patient Forms and bring them with you to your scheduled appointment. Be sure to bring your current insurance card with you when you arrive.

New patients should plan to arrive 30 minutes before your appointment to allow us time to process paperwork required for your first visit.

Returning patients should arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to make sure we have your most current insurance and information on file.

Preparing for Your Procedure

The following links provide instructions to help you prepare for your procedure.

You can also visit our Procedure Prep Sheets page, and download the prep sheet for your procedure.

Endoscopy

While the patient is under sedation, the GI doctor guides a small camera to your stomach.

During an upper GI endoscopy (EGD), your GI doctor examines the upper intestinal tract using a video endoscope.

During a capsule endoscopy, you’ll swallow a capsule that has a tiny camera in it. The camera records and transmits images, allowing your doctor to see the middle part of your intestinal tract, where currently no scope can go.

Click the link to read more about upper endoscopy or capsule endoscopy.

 

To prepare for your endoscopy, your stomach must be empty. Do not eat or drink anything, including water, for approximately six hours before your procedure.

Colonoscopy

During a colonoscopy, your doctor uses a thin, flexible tube attached to a camera to examine your entire colon. If any suspicious areas are found, your doctor can take a small tissue sample (biopsy) for analysis.  Click the link to read more about colonoscopy.

Before your colonoscopy, you’ll need to cleanse your colon so that it can be fully visualized.  Your doctor will prescribe a cleansing routine and dietary restrictions to help empty and prepare your colon.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography

ERCP is a specialized technique used to study the common bile duct and the ducts of the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Click the link to read more about ERCP.

After Your Procedure

You’ll be sedated during your procedure, so you will need to ask a friend or family member to come with you and drive you home.