Frequently Asked Questions

What if I cannot make my appointment?
Please notify your Gastroenterologist and Santa Cruz Endoscopy Center as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients.

What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing, and flat heeled shoes. Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry. Please wear minimal, if any, make-up as this can hide certain clinical signs. Please remove all body piercings.

Who may accompany me?
You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person may sit with you after your procedure if you so choose. Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.

Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?
We will individualize each patient’s care. Most patients walk into the procedure room themselves. Therefore, preoperative medication is minimized.

What should I do if I started my menstrual cycle?
This will not affect your procedures.

What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?
It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. If there is any doubt please contact us immediately.

May I drive home?
A patient receiving sedation for a procedure needs a ride home. Patients will not be allowed to drive, walk or take public transportation after sedation. Please make the appropriate arrangements.

Should I bring my special needs equipment?
Yes. Please bring any walkers, crutches, hearing aids, etc. If you use a CPAP regularly, you may want to bring it with you, although it is not mandatory.

What must I bring with me on the day of surgery?

  • Bring case for eyeglasses or contacts
  • Bring insurance identification cards, driver’s license, completed registration forms, copayments
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to be with you for a few hours
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing

Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery?
You refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to the procedure in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents during your procedure. This complication is very serious, and you need to strictly abide by our recommendations. This has nothing to do with nausea and vomiting after your procedure as some think.

We have very clear policies as to specific times before your procedure when you must refrain from eating and/or drinking. These are all based on safety standards. You will not improve your safety by not eating or drinking longer than necessary; in fact, at times you may complicate things a bit.