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Answers to these questions are listed below.

Q. What’s the youngest patient your clinic sees?
Q. How should I dress for my procedure?
Q. How long will the procedure take?
Q. Can I drive myself home after my procedure?
Q. How soon after the procedure can I eat or drink?

2) Useful Links

Colon Adenocarcinoma: eMedicine Oncology
Screen4ColonCancer ORG

 

GENERAL MEDICAL INFORMATION

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fact Sheets :
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/

WebMD : http://www.webmd.com/

GASTROINTESTINAL INFORMATION

American Colleges of Gastroenterology (ACG) : http://www.acg.gi.org/

American Gastroenterological Association - Public Section :
http://www.gastro.org/index.cfm

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) : http://www.ccfa.org/

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation : http://www.preventcancer.org/

REMICADE IV Therapy for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis : http://www.remicade.com/crohns/index.jsp

ARTHRITIS INFORMATION

Arthritis Foundation : http://www.arthritis.org/

REMICADE IV Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis : http://www.remicade.com/ra/ra_studies/remicade_for_ra.jsp

CLINICAL RESEARCH INFORMATION

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) : http://www.fda.gov/

Office for Human Research Protections : http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/


Q. What’s the youngest patient your clinic sees?
Age 17. Children under 17 should be evaluated by a pediatric gastroenterologist. TOP

Q. How should I dress for my procedure?
A. We suggest comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. If you are having a Colonoscopy, you will be given a gown to wear. After your procedure, you might retain some of the air introduced into your intestinal tract. TOP

Q. How long will the procedure take?
A. Plan to spend 2 to 2 1/2 hours with us from the time you sign in before your procedure
until you are released to go home. The procedures themselves are relatively quick. A
gastroscopy usually takes 10 to 15 minutes depending on what is found and
the need for biopsies and tests. TOP

A colonoscopy usually takes 18 to 25 minutes, again depending on what is found and the need for polyp removal, biopsies, etc. The rest of your stay involves going over your consent prior to the procedure, a physical assessment including taking vital signs, placing an IV for anesthesia and sedation and attaching you to a continuous monitor. After the procedure, you will stay under our observation until you are deemed ready to be driven home. TOP

Q. Can I drive myself home after my procedure?
A. No. The anesthetic and sedative we use, while relatively short-acting, can have subtle effects for hours after your procedure. Possible drowsiness and delayed reaction times make driving potentially dangerous. So having someone drive you home is necessary. You can safely drive the next morning. TOP

Q. How soon after the procedure can I eat or drink?
A. Usually immediately after you are deemed fit to leave our office unless the doctor tells you otherwise. We suggest, however, that you avoid gas-producing foods as they may create uncomfortable pressure. TOP