Philip L. Leggett, MD
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Pre-op and Post-op Instruction for Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy

The day of your procedure, you will be asked to report to the location designated by Dr. Leggett 1 1/2 to 2 hours ahead of the scheduled procedure. This is to allow for adequate check in time and to avoid delays.

Wear loose comfortable clothing such as a sweat suit and tennis shoes.

An IV will be started in one of your veins. This is to administer medication to make the procedure more comfortable for you. After the procedure is over, the IV will be removed. It is not unusual to experience some redness and swelling or a "hard knot" where the IV site was. Apply hot compresses 2-3 times a day. Wet a towel as hot as you can stand it, wrap it around your arm, cover with a plastic bag, replace as the towel cools. Repeat several times.

If you have been told that you have diverticulosis, then you need to avoid seeds, nuts, and popcorn. Otherwise, there are not any diet restrictions.

Please have a family member wait in the waiting room so that Dr. Leggett may speak to them regarding your results. You will have been sedated and will not remember what we tell you. Leaving will only delay talking with Dr. Leggett.

An office visit will need to be scheduled with the office one week after the endoscopy to review your reports with you. Please call 1-2 days before you are ready to come to the office to schedule the appointment.

Remember, due to the IV sedation, you MUST have someone to drive you home. If you have taken the day off work for your procedure, you will be able to return to work the next day.