Patient Information

Preparation Instruction

Appointment

 

To book an appointment, a referral from your family physician is required.  If you do not have a regular physician, you can visit a walk-in clinic for a referral.  Once we receive your referral, we will contact you for your appointment date and time.  We will inform you of your test results IMMEDIATELY after your procedure. Appropriate follow-up visits will be scheduled.  

 

The procedure is completely covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).  We also accept patients without OHIP coverage.  We will advise you the cost of the procedure per Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Guidelines and you may have additional costs for processing pathology specimens.

 

 

On the day of your Procedure

 

Please come in 15 minutes prior to your appointment and bring your valid health card.

 

As you will receive IV sedation, you are not permitted to drive after the procedure and the remainder of the day.  Please arrange a family member or a friend to drive you home or accompany you in a taxi.  If you do not have an adult companion, your procedure may be cancelled. 

 

You will be in the clinic for approximately 2 hours.

 

Arrival at the Clinic

  • Check in with your valid Health Card.

  • Your health history, medications and allergies will be verified.

  • Side effects and risks of the procedure will be discussed. A consent will be signed after all of your questions have been answered.

 

During the Procedure

  • A physician and specially trained registered nurse will be with you throughout the procedure.

  • Your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels will be monitored.

  • You will lie on your left side.

  • You will be given medication to relax and minimize discomfort. Be sure to let your nurse and/or physician know if you are uncomfortable so we can adjust your medication.

  • The physician may do a biopsy (taking tiny pieces of tissue from your colon).

  • The procedure time is approximately 30 minutes.

 

After the Procedure

  • You will be asked to rest for approximately 30 minutes after your procedure.

  • Your family/friend will be allowed to visit.

  • Your physician/registered nurse will discuss the results of your procedure with you.

  • If specimens were taken during the procedure they will be sent to the lab and you will be contacted with the results in 2-3 weeks.

  • Your nurse will review discharge instructions with you and your responsible adult.

  • Remember - after your procedure you cannot drive for the remainder of the day.