Preparing for Minimally Invasive, Robotic Surgery or Endoscopy Procedure
The first step in preparing for your robotic surgery or endoscopic procedure is to review the information below. You can download and print for your convenience.
Surgery Patients — please review these general instructions to help you get ready for your visit.
Colonoscopy Patients — be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for special instructions.
Welcome Letter — what to expect prior to your procedure and how to prepare on the day of your procedure.
Patient Medication List — a worksheet where you can list your medications so that you can share this information with your Care Team at NWH.
Preparing for Your Colonoscopy
For a successful colonoscopy, your bowel must be empty. Your physician will advise you on dietary restrictions and fluid intake, as well as any bowel preparation to be done, in the days prior to having a colonoscopy.
Be sure to arrange for a driver to bring you home after the colonoscopy. Effects of the sedatives may last up to 24 hours after administration. It is imperative that you do NOT engage in any potentially hazardous activity during this period such as driving a car.
Any known drug allergies or adverse reactions to medications should be reported to your physician or nurse prior to the procedure.
After the Colonoscopy
You will rest in a recovery room for 30 minutes for observation. You may feel some cramping or gas for a brief time after. Your doctor will consult with you on the results. You may be able to resume your normal diet, as instructed by your doctor. You should NOT drive for 24 hours after a colonoscopy.
We want you to feel comfortable and confident leading up to your procedure. If you have any further questions in regards to preparing for robotic surgery or your endoscopic procedure, please contact us at 914-666-1200.