Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Where is your office located?
  2. What will happen on my first appointment?
  3. How soon should I cancel my office appointment if I can't make it?
  4. Why do I need to be on a clear liquid diet the entire day prior to my colonoscopy?
  5. I have heard there are new preparations for a colonoscopy examination that may be easier to complete. Can I use the "pill preparation" or "Gatorade preparation"?
  6. Can I start the Colyte®, Golytely®, Halflytely®, TriLyte®, Nulytely® or Glycolax laxative preparation later in the day?
  7. The instructions on the bottle of laxative are different than what I was given by Dayton Gastroenterology. Which instructions should I follow?
  8. What if I have trouble taking the Colyte®, Halflytely®, Golytely®, TriLyte®, Nulytely® or Glycolax laxative solution prescribed for my colonoscopy preparation?
  9. I am scheduled for a procedure. What do I do if I have not completed my prep?
  10. Should I take my normal medications before the procedure?
  11. I am diabetic. What should I do about taking insulin or eating the morning of my procedure?
  12. I am diabetic. Should I check my blood sugar at home before my procedure?
  13. I take Coumadin to keep my blood thin since I have had heart problems. My instructions are to not take this for several days before my procedure. Will this be harmful to my heart?
  14. Can I still have my procedure if I am on an antibiotic for an infection?
  15. Can I still have my procedure if I am on my menstrual cycle?
  16. Why do I need to arrive so early for my procedure?
  17. Will I be asleep for my procedure?
  18. How long will I be there for the procedure?
  19. Will I have to come back if anything is found during the procedure?
  20. Why can't I drive myself home?
  21. Can I eat after the procedure?
  22. Can I work the day after my procedure?
  23. What activities can I plan to do after the procedure?
  24. Can I take medication for a headache after the procedure?
  25. Why must I take so much laxative and what can I do if the times are inconvenient?

Where is your office located?

We have several offices conveniently located throughout the Greater Dayton Area.  Our two main offices and endoscopy centers are located in Beavercreek and Englewood. You may obtain directions to any of our Endoscopy and Consultation offices by selecting the office of your choice:

Main Offices and Endoscopy Centers:

  • Beavercreek
  • Englewood

Consultation Offices:

  • Vandalia
  • Xenia

What will happen on my first appointment?

Your first office visit with us will be scheduled as a consultation. In most cases, if a procedure is indicated, it will be scheduled on a separate day. It is not necessary that you fast or otherwise prepare for your visit in our office unless we have specifically instructed you to do so.

Prior to your first appointment in our office, we will mail registration information pages and a health history questionnaire. If there is not time to get this paperwork to you by mail, you will be asked to complete it when you arrive for your appointment. This may take about 15 minutes, but is time well spent. The medical questionnaire helps you to recall details of your past medical history and puts things in order for the doctor.

The receptionist will verify that we have correct demographic data such as your current address and contact information. She will also need to review your current insurance information - so be sure to bring your insurance cards with you. If you have HMO insurance that requires prior referral, she will also need to check that we received authorization for the visit. You will then be taken to the examination room where your blood pressure, pulse and weight will be recorded. The doctor or physician assistant will then interview you and perform a focused physical examination. The doctor will discuss with you his/her assessment of the situation and what tests may be needed.

How soon should I cancel my office appointment if I can't make it?

If you have a consult or office visit scheduled, please cancel at least 24 hours in advance. If you are having a procedure done, please try to cancel your appointment 48 hours in advance.

Why do I need to be on a clear liquid diet the entire day prior to my colonoscopy?

The physician needs your colon to be clear of stool the day of your test. If you eat solid food the day prior to your test, your bowel is still processing the food and creating stool. If you have stool in your colon during the procedure, this impairs the doctor's view, resulting in a possible repeat of the prep and the test.

I have heard there are new preparations for a colonoscopy examination that may be easier to complete. Can I use the "pill preparation" or "Gatorade preparation"?

Our doctors use a variety of preparations depending on individual patient medical history, risk factors, personal preference, and other factors. When your procedure is scheduled, the scheduler will review your medical history and select the preparation best suited for you. If you have specific questions about your options for preparations, ask your scheduler or nurse. Either of them will be able to check with the doctor about different options.

Can I start the Colyte®, Golytely®, Halflytely®, TriLyte®, Nulytely® or Glycolax laxative preparation later in the day?

You may begin the laxative later in the day. Some people prefer to begin around 5 pm. Do not start later than 6 pm so that you are able to get a good night's sleep before your procedure. If you are using Colyte®, Golytely®, TriLyte®, Nulytely® or Halflytely® solutions, stop drinking any other fluids two hours before you plan to begin the laxative solution.

The instructions on the bottle of laxative are different than what I was given by Dayton Gastroenterology. Which instructions should I follow?

We provide most patients with printed instructions for the preparation. If you have printed instructions from us, you should follow them. If you did not receive printed instructions and are not sure how to use the laxative, please call our office at (937) 320-5050.

What if I have trouble taking the Colyte®, Halflytely®, Golytely®, TriLyte®, Nulytely® or Glycolax laxative solution prescribed for my colonoscopy preparation?

Some people experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping or chills. If these symptoms occur, wait 30 minutes before taking any more laxative and drink the solution more slowly when you resume. Completing the solution is important to guarantee that the preparation of your colon is complete, but you may take more time if needed. If you have only been able to drink 1/2 of the solution after 4 hours, you may need to use a different laxative. If you are passing only clear liquid into the commode with no particulate matter or color, stop the laxative solution and follow the remainder of your preparation instructions. If you are still passing stool, particulate matter or dark colored fluid, call the Medical Society at 463-1536 to reach the doctor on call.

I am scheduled for a procedure. What do I do if I have not completed my prep?

If you have problems with your prep and the office is closed, you can refer to your procedure pamphlet for the number to contact the physician on call. If the office is open, contact the nurse and she will advise you what to do.

Should I take my normal medications before the procedure?

Using a small amount of water, take your prescription medications as you usually do unless you have been instructed to "hold" the medication prior to the procedure. It is very important that you take your blood pressure or heart medication as usual.

If you are on blood thinner medication, such as Coumadin or Warfarin, it is important to let us know well in advance of your appointment. If you are currently taking these medications and have not already given that information to our office, please call immediately.

I am diabetic. What should I do about taking insulin or eating the morning of my procedure?

Insulin instructions should be individualized to you and your condition. It is best to check with the doctor who prescribes your insulin for the best way to handle the day of your prep and the day of the procedure.

I am diabetic. Should I check my blood sugar at home before my procedure?

Yes- we want to have a baseline to anticipate any needs you may have during or after the procedure.

I take Coumadin to keep my blood thin since I have had heart problems. My instructions are to not take this for several days before my procedure. Will this be harmful to my heart?

Contact the doctor who prescribes your Coumadin to be certain this is okay. If your physician does not want you to hold your Coumadin, contact our office immediately.

Can I still have my procedure if I am on an antibiotic for an infection?

It is OK to still have your procedure if you are taking an antibiotic. If you are running a fever, you need to contact the office.

Can I still have my procedure if I am on my menstrual cycle?

Yes. For your comfort, we do suggest that you wear a tampon.

Why do I need to arrive so early for my procedure?

This allows the nurse to get you checked in, complete the necessary paperwork, and start an IV.

Will I be asleep for my procedure?

Our goal is to keep you comfortable during your procedure. Your level of sedation will depend on the type of medication your doctor selects and your medical conditions. Generally patients are lightly sedated during the procedure but not asleep.

How long will I be there for the procedure?

Your total time here could be 1 ½ to 2 hours. Your driver should plan on being available 1 hour after your arrival.

Will I have to come back if anything is found during the procedure?

Polyps are removed during the procedure, but sometimes their size makes it difficult to remove all of them at one time. This would most likely require another procedure, and there may be a few other circumstances when this would be necessary, but usually one procedure is expected. Your doctor will discuss the findings and ongoing treatment plan for you in the consultation room with your family after you have recovered.

Why can't I drive myself home?

The medication you receive during the procedure will remain in your system and make it unsafe for you to drive the remainder of the day.

Can I eat after the procedure?

You will be able to resume a normal diet after your procedure. It is best to plan to eat a light meal at home after leaving our facility. You will likely still be drowsy when you leave and may not feel like eating in a restaurant.

Can I work the day after my procedure?

You will be back to normal the day after, so you can return to your normal schedule.

What activities can I plan to do after the procedure?

You will likely be drowsy when you leave. The medication used for sedation will remain in your system and you should not drive, operate equipment or make legally binding decisions for the remainder of the day. We advise you take the entire day off from work. If you feel well, you may participate in most other activities.

Can I take medication for a headache after the procedure?

You may take Tylenol or Tylenol Extra-strength with a small amount of water.

Why must I take so much laxative and what can I do if the times are inconvenient?

Whether or not the doctor is able to see any polyps or other abnormalities during a colonoscopy depends a great deal on how clean the colon is. That is, the better the preparation, the more the physician can see the walls of the colon. Recent studies have highlighted the importance of preparation in the success of the colonoscopy procedure and the doctor's ability to find polyps. Small polyps or other lesions can easily be hidden if the preparation is not ideal. It is very important that you complete the entire preparation as instructed.

Some patients may need to get up during the night or very early in the morning to complete the preparation. The timing of this dose of laxative is the most important. Your doctor has specified this timing to get the best results for an effective colonoscopy. Check with our office if you have questions about adjusting the times of your laxatives. Some minor adjustments in timing may be possible or sometimes scheduling the procedure at an earlier or later time in the day can help with inconvenient preparation times.

Dayton Gastroenterology, Inc.

  • Beavercreek (Sylvania) Office & Endoscopy Center - 75 Sylvania Drive, Beavercreek, OH 45440 Phone: 937-320-5050 Fax: 937-320-5060
  • Beavercreek (Indian Ripple) Office & Endoscopy Center - 4200 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek, OH 45440 Phone: 937-320-5050 Fax: 937-320-5060
  • Englewood Office & Endoscopy Center - 9000 N. Main Street Suite 405, Englewood, OH 45415 Phone: 937-320-5050 Fax: 937-320-5060
  • Miamisburg Office - 415 Byers Road Suite 100, Miamisburg, OH 45342 Phone: 937-320-5050 Fax: 937-320-5060

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