Understanding Endoscopy

Endoscopy is the visual examination of the digestive track, both the upper intestinal tract and the lower bowel, with the aid of a video camera. The procedures, including Upper Endoscopy, Colonoscopy and Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, help physicians to diagnose and treat a variety of ailments and diseases.

We believe knowledge is key to preparing for a procedure.  Therefore, we are providing the information and instructions below so that you will thoroughly understand what is awaiting you when you arrive for your procedure.

What to Expect the Day of the Procedure

The day of the procedure, you will arrive at our reception area 30 to 45 minutes before your procedure where our staff will be expecting you.  Staff members will be happy to take the time to review and explain the required forms with you. At this time, you will be required to complete and sign the Patient Information Form and review and sign our HIPAA policy, if you have not already done so online. You will also be required to take care of your financial obligations with the Center.

Shortly thereafter, one of our staff nurses will escort you into the Pre-Op area where you will change into a gown. Prior to starting the procedure, you will be asked to review and sign our consent form, granting the doctor permission to both provide sedation and perform the procedure. Once this is complete, an IV will be started in your arm and a monitor will also be placed onto your arm. A medicine that helps you relax and feel drowsy will be administered via your I.V.

Our staff diligently monitors your sedation to ensure that it is sufficient so that if there is any discomfort at all during the procedure, it is minimal. With the advancement in medications used for sedation, the majority of our patients have zero pain and very little recall of the procedure whatsoever. It is usually very well tolerated and rarely causes any pain or discomfort. Quite often, our patients sleep through the entire procedure. In certain instances, in addition to your physician, a CRNA is involved in your care.

 Your procedure will typically take 20-60 minutes.  After the procedure, you will stay in recovery until the sedation wears off enough for you to go home. Because you may feel a bit tired or groggy, you will need someone to drive you home. For your safety, your doctor will not release you unless someone is present to take you home. The effects of the sedation may last up to a day, so you should not drive or operate any machinery until the following day.

The vast majority of people feel back to normal quickly and do not suffer any pain during or after a colonoscopy, and remember that this test saves lives!

Our Location

Endoscopy Center of North Mississippi is located in Oxford and serves all surrounding communities. Our center is conveniently located in the same building as our Oxford office in order to provide each our of patient with easy access to our comfortable, and state-of-the-art facility.

We look forward to playing an important role in your digestive health and well-being.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (800) 489-0988.

Endoscopy Center Contact Information

1208 Office Park Drive
Oxford, MS 38655

Main Number: (662)234-9888
Main Fax:         (662) 281-8927

The information provided throughout this site contains general guidelines about specific procedures and treatments. As each procedure is unique to the individual having it, you should always consult your physician with any specific questions you may have. Should the instructions provided below differ or contradict those given to you by your physician or nurse, please ALWAYS defer to those of the medical professional that is taking care of you. If you have any questions after reviewing this information, please contact us at 800-489-0988.

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