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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy


 

GENERAL FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY PREP INSTRUCTIONS

 

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Nothing to eat or drink, including water, after midnight the night before your procedure. Arrive 40 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure time. 2 hours prior to leaving for your procedure, use one bottle of the Fleet Enema Saline Laxative. Lay on your left side and insert the Fleet Enema, follow the directions for proper insertion on the packaging. Once inserted lay on your right side, lay on your right side for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, switch to laying on your left side, lay there until you need to use the restroom. 1 hour before you leave for your procedure (60 minutes after the prior step), repeat the prior steps. Use one bottle of the Fleet Enema Saline Laxative. Lay on your left side and insert the Fleet Enema, follow the directions for proper insertion on the packaging. Once inserted lay on your right side, lay on your right side for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, switch to laying on your left side, lay there until you need to use the restroom. 

Important, if you are taking Phentermine or any GLP-1-agonists medications (ie. Ozempic, Trulicity, Manjaro) you must stop taking the medication one week prior to your scheduled endoscopy. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

TRANSPORTATION

Please arrange for transportation home from the procedure. You cannot drive or operate machinery for the rest of the day. You must have a friend, family member, or arranged medical transport to drive you home after the procedure. Total time in office for a procedure is about 2 - 2 ½ hours. Your ride does not need to stay. Please provide us with their phone number and we will contact them about 20-30 prior to discharge. Uber, Lyft, and taxis are not allowed to be used for post procedure transportation due to medical regulations. Your procedure will be cancelled if you do not have adequate transportation, this is the surgery center policy. If you need a medical transportation service, you can contact our office for information.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please contact the office a minimum of 2 business days prior to the procedure to cancel or reschedule. Cancellations made less than 2 business days in advance will result in a $200. 00 fee.

CONTACT US & PREP QUESTIONS

For any inquiries, please don't hesitate to reach out to our offices at 410-290-6677. If you have any questions regarding your prep instructions, kindly contact the nurse line associated with the location of your scheduled procedure. The GCM nurse line numbers are provided below for your convenience.

Annapolis: (410)913-1164 

Columbia/Cascades: (410)913-1666

Olney: (301)347-8780

Riverdale: (410)913-0061 

Timonium: (443)367-1144

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