Preparing for Your Procedure

Once you’ve scheduled a colonoscopy or endoscopic procedure at North Kansas City Hospital, we’ll help you through the process. Use the information here to ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible.

If you have any questions, contact us at 816-691-2099 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plan Ahead for Your Visit

  • Your appointment is scheduled through outpatient surgery by your physician’s office. The Admitting staff will call to verify information and discuss your insurance copay, if needed.
  • If you're unsure of your specific coverage, you may want to check with your insurance company in advance to make sure your procedure is covered.
  • Please bring all of your current medications (including over-the-counter medications), or a list of medications, with you on the day of your procedure.
  • Carefully follow your doctor’s instructions for preparing for the procedure.
  • Drink plenty of fluids the day before your procedure to help cleanse your system. (Please avoid any red liquid.)
  • Do not drink anything two hours before your procedure or your procedure may need to be cancelled or postponed.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding any blood thinners (Coumadin, aspirin, Plavix, Pradaxa, ibuprofen, fish oil).
  • Do not take Metformin on the day of your procedure.
  • Leave all jewelry and other valuables at home.
  • You MUST have a driver or your procedure may be cancelled.

When You Arrive

Plan to check in at the GI Lab registration desk at the time scheduled. The secretary will review your insurance, assist you in completing a patient history form, and ask about your current medications.

To save time at check in, you may print and fill out the following forms and bring them with you:

Health and History form

Medications List

After your paperwork is complete, you’ll be taken to the admitting area, your health history and medications will be reviewed by nurse, and you’ll be instructed to change into a hospital gown and remove all jewelry. The nurse will check your vital signs and start your IV medication. This process should take approximately 20-30 minutes. When completed, your family members may rejoin you.

When the doctor is ready for you, you will be escorted to the procedure room and the doctor will talk with you about the procedure. Then sedation will begin. You’ll be fully sedated within 15 to 20 minutes and the doctor will begin the procedure.

After Your Procedure

After your procedure, you’ll be taken to the recovery room. Your vital signs will be watched for approximately 20-30 minutes and your family will be allowed to rejoin you. Once the sedation wears off, your doctor will discuss the results with you and you’ll be dismissed. You can expect the entire process to take approximately two hours.

Learn more about colonoscopy and endoscopy at our online Health Encyclopedia.

Directions to the GI Lab

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Park in Health Services Pavilion parking garage, enter building and take elevators to the 7th Floor.

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