The Endoscopy Suite at
Clark Memorial Health
Clark Memorial Health is the first hospital in Southern Indiana to offer a specialized endoscopy suite. The experienced professionals at Clark Memorial Health are highly trained in endoscopy procedures and are committed to making your visit as comfortable as possible. Our endoscopy suite includes four fully equipped procedure rooms complete with the latest technology.
We respect your privacy and understand it's very important to you. At Clark Memorial, we have private pre-op and post-op rooms for you to stay on the day of your procedure. Procedures that can be performed in our suite include:
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Espophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
What is an endoscopy?
Your doctor may order an endoscopy to visually examine an organ. An endoscope is a flexible tube with an attached camera that allows your doctor to see. An endoscope’s lighted camera allows your doctor to view potential problems without a large incision. It is typically inserted through an opening in the body such as the mouth. A screen in the operating room lets the doctor see exactly what the endoscope sees.
How to prepare for your procedure
Your doctor will give you complete instructions on how to prepare for your endoscopy. Most types of endoscopy require you to fast before the procedure, but your doctor will clarify this.
Prior to the endoscopy, your doctor will do a physical examination and go over your complete medical history, including any prior surgeries. Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements, and also alert your doctor about any allergies you might have. You may need to stop taking certain medications if they might affect bleeding.
You must plan to have someone else to drive you home after the procedure due to the anesthesia.
What to expect the day of your procedure
Most visits last about three hours depending on the type of procedure. During your visit, our staff will assist you to your private pre-op and post-op rooms. Each includes a private bathroom and television to improve your experience before and after the procedure. We will guide your family and/or friends to our waiting area for 20 – 30 minutes while we get you ready in pre-op area.
Most endoscopies are outpatient procedures. This means you can go home the same day. You may have mild discomfort after the procedure, and the medication may take a while to wear off. It’s wise to take time off work and to avoid making important life decisions until you’re completely recovered.
Say hello to a healthier you.If you have any questions about your procedure, call 812.283.2609 or 812.283.2611.
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