The East Alabama Medical Center Endoscopy Department performs approximately 40 procedures a day, most of which are on an outpatient basis. Our five procedure rooms house state-of-the-art equipment, and we also have a 17-bed post-procedure holding area. Our medical staff includes five endoscopists, and our clinical staff is made of critical care nurses, all of whom are credentialed in the administration of moderate sedation. The Endoscopy Department is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care to all patients.
What is endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive, diagnostic medical procedure that is used to examine the inside of an organ in the body. This includes the esophagus, stomach and colon.
Using a piece of equipment known as an endoscope, a physician can directly look at specific areas to better evaluate or to detect problems.
What procedures are performed?
The East Alabama Medical Center Endoscopy Department performs many different procedures, including:
- Diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal procedures on an elective or emergent basis
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Esophageal Motility Testing
- Endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy
Radiofrequency ablation therapy is the newest procedure to be offered in the Endoscopy department. This innovative procedure destroys precancerous tissue in the lining of the esophagus, and was recently featured in the New England Journal of Medicine as a highly effective treatment for complete eradication of Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that affects more than one million adults in the United States each year. If you have severe GERD or Barrett’s esophagus, this procedure may help. Ask your doctor or call (334) 528-4471 to learn more.
With all procedures we offer interventions as needed such as:
- Stent Insertion
- PEG Placement
- Foreign Body Removal
Most of these procedures require moderate sedation and a short recovery period. You should expect to spend two to three hours in the endoscopy department.
If you are scheduled for a colonoscopy, you will need to get a prep and prep instructions from the performing physician’s office.
Registration and Consent
The EAMC Admissions Department will contact you before your procedure date to begin the registration process and obtain insurance/Medicare/Medicaid information. In addition, you will receive a call from an Endoscopy nurse. Please be prepared to give a list of all your medications, your medical history, and other pertinent information.
Additionally, a signed consent is necessary before the procedure can be performed. You will sign one consent form in registration and another in the Endoscopy Department.
You need to bring insurance information and your Social Security number to register, as well as a list of any medications you are currently taking.
The day of the procedure
The EAMC endoscopy department opens at 7:00 a.m. Monday – Friday. Most patients are asked to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled procedure time. This time is used to prepare you for your procedure so that it can start on time. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes.
Endoscopy patients enter the hospital through The Surgery Center, located in the back of the hospital (canopy 6).
A family member/designated driver must be present and remain during the patient’s stay at the hospital (2-3 hours). We ask that no more than 2 family members come with the patient.
Important information about the ride home
After the procedure, you may experience temporary side effects which can include drowsiness, soreness, and forgetfulness. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you arrange for transportation home. The procedure cannot be performed if you do not have someone to drive you home.
After you are home
You should follow your doctor’s instructions concerning medication and rest. An instruction sheet will be sent home with you outlining things to watch for and any special instructions. If you have any problems, you should contact your physician.
You may park in The Surgery Center parking lot in the rear of the hospital. At discharge, you will be transported to the patient pick-up area in the rear of the hospital, near the entrance to The Surgery Center.
The EAMC Endoscopy Department is pleased to serve you. For questions or for more information about our services, call Coker Mays, BS, RN, CGRN, Endoscopy Manager, at 334-528-1183.