How Do I Prepare?

Learn more about your procedure, as well as a checklist to prepare for your exam. Coming in for your procedure in the next few days? Use this section of the site to learn more about your procedure below. You may also download a PDF of patient registration medical information you’ll be asked prior to your procedure. If you have an appointment, please download PDF preparation instructions for the Movi-Prep Kit procedure.

Downloadable Forms:

Download a PDF of patient registration medical information you’ll be asked prior to your procedure

Download a PDF with instructions for your Movi-Prep Kit 


Capsule Endoscopy (Pillcam)

Capsule Endoscopy allows the examination of the lining of the small intestine (the middle part of the gastrointestinal tract, including the duodenum, jejunum, ileum). A pill sized/shaped video capsule, which has its own miniature lens and light source, is used to provide photographs of the lining of the small intestine, which are electronically transmitted and can be viewed on a video monitor.

Colonoscopy/Polypectomy

Screening colonoscopy is an endoscopic procedure using a long, flexible tube about the thickness of a finger to view the entire colon. It is performed by a gastroenterologist trained and skilled in the procedure to carefully examine the lining of the colon and for the detection and removal of precancerous colon polyps, if present. The test is performed under sedation to essentially eliminate any discomfort.

EGD

An EGD endoscope is a long, flexible tube about the size of your little finger. During the procedure, you are sedated and the EGD scope is passed through the mouth and back of the throat into the upper digestive tract, allowing the physician to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine).

ERCP

A long, flexible tube, slightly thinner than a pen, is passed through the mouth and back of the throat into the duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine). The opening from the bile duct and pancreatic duct into the duodenum is identified.

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) is a procedure that looks at your digestive system from the inside. It can be done for either your upper or lower digestive tract. A thin, flexible tube, called an endoscope, with a tiny camera at the end, is gently guided into your digestive system.

Colonoscope

A colonoscope is a long flexible tube that is about the thickness of a finger. It is inserted through the rectum into the large intestine (colon) and allows the physician to carefully examine the lining of the colon. Abnormalities such as polyps can be found and even removed during a colonoscopy.

Sigmoidoscopy

The test is performed with a slim, flexible fiber-optic instrument that is inserted along the curves of the rectum and colon. The fiber optics create the instrument flexibility while allowing excellent visualization.