Prepare For Your Visit
Everything you need to prepare for your next appointment is right here including admission forms, prep instructions, what to wear, and arrival and transportation instructions.
What to Know
Please bring the following to your procedure:
- Your insurance card(s).
- Driver’s License or Photo ID.
- A list of your current medications.
- Co-pay or deductible, as determined by your insurance company.
- Leave valuables and jewelry at home.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.
- Plan to arrive at the center one hour prior to the procedure.
- You should expect a stay of two to three hours total.
*Bring the name and phone number of the person who will be taking you home (must be 16 years or older with a valid driver’s license) because you will not be permitted to drive, take a taxi alone, or leave the center without an adult chaperone.
**You must be 18 years old or over to have a procedure. If you are an adult who is unable to sign the consent, you must have someone with you who is authorized to sign on your behalf.
Prep For Your Procedure
Dr. Antonio Serna
Dr. Ernesto Guerra, Jr.
- Prep Instructions
Colonoscopy Prep Instructions
Click on your physician’s name for directions for preparing for your procedure.
Every physician at San Antonio Gastroenterology Center has their own specific instructions for colonoscopy prep. Instructions range from the day before your procedure to one week out.
Make sure to follow the prep exactly as specified by your physician
What to Expect
About a week before your procedure, someone from your SAGA physician’s office will contact you to let you know of any prescriptions or procedures you need to follow. If you do not hear from your physician’s office, call the office.
If you are on certain medications, you may be asked to consult your primary care physician before your colonoscopy.
The day before your procedure, you will most likely be instructed to refrain from eating or drinking, except for water and light broths. It is wise to take the day off from work and limit travel on this day as you are detoxing your colon. This process is important in order for the gastroenterologist to have a clear view of the colon.
If you have any other questions about your colonoscopy prep, contact your physician.
- Carefully read and review your colonoscopy prep instructions.
- CONFIRM transportation the day of your procedure.You MUST have a person 18 years old or older who can sign discharge forms and take you home after the procedure is complete. Transportation MUST be CONFIRMED at check-in or your procedure will be rescheduled. Use of a taxi service or other ride share/public transport is NOT allowed WITHOUT AN ESCORT age 18 years old or over.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing, including cotton socks which may be left on during the procedure.
- Bring your government-issued photo I.D. (driver’s license, passport, etc.).
- Do NOT wear jewelry (this includes wedding rings, earrings, and body piercings).
- NO high-heeled shoes.
- Do NOT bring any valuable personal items such as cellphones, tablets, laptops, keys, or jewelry.
- Bathe or shower prior to leaving your home before attending your procedure.
- Do NOT apply lotion to your arms or chest before the procedure.
- Continue to take any blood pressure or heart medications in the morning with only a sip of water. These are the only medications you may take the morning of the procedure.
- If you are diabetic, DO take your blood sugar level at home before attending your procedure.
- If you use as inhaler, DO use it prior to arrival and bring it to the center with you.
- DO bring a list of all your medications with dosage and frequency.