Your Test: What to Expect
Atlantic Endoscopy Center
We recognize that preparing for an endoscopy procedure is uncomfortable
and inconvenient, so we've provided some information regarding your
test to try to answer any questions you may have. However, if you have
any questions or concerns about your test, please feel free to contact
the Atlantic Endoscopy Center at 410-629-6800. We're here to help.
What to Expect
My procedure is already scheduled, so why do I get so many phone calls?
- Once your procedure is scheduled at the doctor’s office, a nurse
from our center will call to verify your medications, allergies and health
history prior to your visit. This helps us make the safest plan of care
for you. It will also speed up the check-in process.
- The hospital’s patient financial services department will also call
to verify the information your doctor gave them about your insurance and
address. They will also let you know if you need a referral or will be
responsible for a co-pay.
What if I can’t drink any more of this prep? I feel like I’m
going to throw up.
- First, SLOW DOWN. It is better to go more slowly and keep down what you
have already swallowed. The prep won’t work if you vomit it back up.
- Second, PLEASE call your doctor for further instructions. You may need
a different prep.
- Try using a straw or Crystal Lite to help make the prep easier to swallow.
- You may drink clear liquids like Gatorade after you have finished the prep.
This will help when we start your IV.
Why do I need to “clean out” anyway?
This is done so the doctor can get a good look around inside the bowel.
Your colon has many folds that polyps and cancers can hide behind. Extra
stool will block the view even further.
Why did my doctor tell me to stop taking blood thinners?
If a polyp is removed, the area could bleed more if you’re taking
blood thinners. We may also ask you to hold off on taking these medications
after your procedure; your doctor will let you know.
What about my other medications? Should I stop them all?
NO! Please take your regular medications as scheduled unless your doctor
tells you differently. We want your blood pressure and heart to be stable
and these medicines with help with this.
I’m diabetic, what about my medications for that?
Please talk to your doctor about these medications. Check your blood sugar,
and have sodas or juices WITH sugar available in case your blood sugar drops.
Why MUST I stop drinking four hours before my test?
If there is any food or a lot of liquid in your stomach and you throw up
during the procedure it can be very dangerous. We may need to delay or
reschedule your procedure if you haven’t heeded these instructions.
Can I brush my teeth?
YES! Please do. You may have a small swallow of water to rinse your mouth.
Getting to Atlantic Endoscopy Center
Why do I need a driver? Last time I felt fine.
- The medication we give you will affect your judgment and reflexes throughout the day.
- There are amnesic properties to the medications we give you. They make
you forgetful, even though you are awake.
- We have had patients tell us they went to lunch after their procedure,
went home and took a nap. They didn’t remember any of this, even
though they were awake, were alert and felt fine.
- We want you to have a family member or friend with you if you must take
a taxi because you may not remember what you do on that trip home.
So, don’t even think about driving – it’s just not safe.
Where is the Atlantic Endoscopy Center?
The center’s address is 10231 Old Ocean City Boulevard, Suite 205,
in Berlin, MD. We are located within the James G. Barrett Medical Office
Building that sits at the entrance of Healthway Drive, which is the road
that leads to Atlantic General Hospital.
Click here for step by step directions.
If you have any further questions, our doctors and nurses are available
to help you. You can call the center at 410-629-6800 to speak to a nurse.
The number for Drs. Jonathan Bell and Lee Klepper is 410-629-1450. The
number for Dr. Jerrold Canakis is 410-641-2938.