Whether you have just turned 50 and need a screening colonoscopy, or whether you are having Gastrointestinal problems and your Primary Care Physician has determined that you need a colonoscopy … we will take good care of you here at Digestive Health Specialists, P.A.
Schedule your colonoscopy now at one of our four accredited, licensed, and convenient locations: Winston-Salem, Thomasville, Kernersville and Advance. You do not need a referral. You can request an appointment online or give us a call at 336-768-6211.
In order to help you manage the process, here is some information you can use as a guideline for the next few visits in our office.
After you, or your primary care physician, have scheduled your appointment, you will be contacted by a nursing staff team member. Our nursing staff will ask you questions about your medications, medial history and discuss the prep and procedure information. All of your questions will be answered during this phone call and a copy of the pre-procedure and procedure information will be mailed or emailed to you. It is important to have your current medications (and dosage) readily available during this phone call. If during this phone call the nurse feels that you need to come in for a physician visit or to meet with the nurse it will be scheduled at that time.
If the nurse is unable to reach you via phone, we will need to reschedule your procedure. Please make sure we have a current phone number to reach you between the hours of 8-5 when you call to schedule your appointment. If you have missed a call from our nursing staff, please return their call at 336-768-6211.
Prepping for a Colonoscopy
There are several different prep processes, and a nurse will help determine which one is best for you during the pre-procedure phone call. To find out the details behind each of the prep methods, click the links below. It is important that you follow the prep instructions completely because we will not be able to complete the exam thoroughly if your colon is not properly prepped.
Split Prep Instructions using Miralax/Gatorade
2 day Prep Instructions using Miralax/Gatorade
Prep Instructions (Spanish)
Frequently Asked Questions
On the day of your procedure, you may have clear liquids up to 3 hours before your procedure. Once you and your driver arrive for your appointment, you will be called back into the procedure area where a nurse will get your vital signs, ask you about your prep and ask you to change into a gown.
Once you are ready, the nurse will roll your bed into the procedure room and the doctor will come in to talk with you. You will be administered some medication to make you as comfortable as possible and the procedure will begin. In general, most procedures last about 15-30 minutes. Once the procedure is complete, you will be rolled into a recovery area. Once you are completely awake, the nurse will help you get dressed and the doctor will come out to speak to you and your driver. Your doctor will send a report of your procedure to your primary care physician.
You must be accompanied by a driver since we will be administering conscious sedation, after which you may not operate a vehicle. Your driver may leave during your procedure, but must leave a phone number where he/she can be reached, and will generally be asked not to be gone longer than 1 hour.
What do I bring?
- Insurance card and estimated amount to bring and balances due (if applicable per your insurance carrier)
- List of updated medications (if changed from Pre Procedure visit) and allergies
How long will it take?
- The entire visit should take about 1-2 hours, but you will need to be prepared to take the day of your procedure off from work, due to the medications used during your procedure.