Please follow these instructions as you prepare for your exam. If you have any questions, call us at (801) 501-6100.
Your doctor's office will send a referral form to schedule your procedure with our scheduling staff. If necessary, they will contact you with any individualized information and instructions prior to your procedure. It is your responsibility to pre-authorize the procedure with the insurance company. Check with your doctor's office staff to see if they provide this service.
- Pre-register online or by calling (801) 442-8600 or (1-888) 269-8674.
- Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (MST) and Saturdays 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Have your insurance information available. (Please call your insurance in advance to check your benefits before calling to register)
- The Patient Service Representative can send you a link to fill out the health history forms online (see Step 2).
- Financial assistance is available for qualifying patients:
Patient Billing & Financial Assistance
You may be asked to give a urine sample prior to scheduling if you are a woman of childbearing age.
Please arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. You won't be able to drive for 12 hours after the sedation and procedure.
NOTE: If you can’t make it to your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. At least 48 hours notice is best. This will allow us to better accommodate other patients.
Health History Forms
To receive access to the online history forms you MUST pre-register first by calling (801) 442-8600. The Patient Access Service Representative can then send you an email with the link to the Online Forms homepage and instructions on how to complete the history forms online.
- Please note that we are required for hospital accreditation to have you fill out Intermountain surgical health & medication history forms — which may be in addition to the history forms needed by your surgeon or doctor.
- Access to the online history forms is initiated by calling (801) 442-8600.
Notice of Privacy Practices
You should receive a phone call prior to your procedure with the date and time you should arrive at the facility. If you haven't received a call by 1 p.m. on the day before the procedure, please call us at (801) 501-6488
to verify your arrival time. If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, please call on the Friday before.
Note: Your arrival time will be earlier than your scheduled procedure time in order to complete the necessary preparations for the procedure.
For other questions regarding preparations for your exam, call (801) 501-6100.
Preparing for your colonoscopy
Please follow these instructions as you prepare for your exam.
- Stop these medications: For seven days before the exam, avoid the use of Vitamin E above 400 international units (IU), fiber supplements, iron supplements, fish oil, flax seed oil, and aspirin (or any medication containing aspirin). Don’t take Coumadin or Plavix for five days prior to the exam (with your doctor’s approval). Don’t take Ibuprofen or any anti-inflammatory medications 48 hours before the exam.
- Avoid foods containing OLESTRA for seven days before your exam. Olestra is an artificial fat that cannot be absorbed by the body and makes cleaning our equipment very difficult. It is found in some potato chips and other prepackaged snacks.
- You can continue taking medications for asthma, anti-anxiety, hypertension, and seizures — unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If you usually take them in the morning, take them with just a sip of water on the morning of the procedure.
- If you’re on insulin, check with the doctor that prescribes it. You may need to change the dosage for the day before or the day of the procedure. Please check your blood sugar in the morning before coming in for the procedure.
- If you have asthma, bring your inhalers with you.
- If you have sleep apnea, please bring your CPAP or BIPAP machine with you.
In order to properly examine your colon, the inside of your intestinal tract must be clean. You must follow the diet and laxative instructions exactly.
You must not eat any solid food the day before your procedure. You will be on a clear liquid diet all day. A clear liquid diet means:
- No milk or milk products
- No alcoholic beverages
- No solid foods
- Nothing that is red or purple
- You can have water, clear broth, and coffee/tea (without milk or non-dairy creamer)
- You can also have — if not red or purple — sports drinks, ice popsicles, carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, Kool-Aid, plain Jell-O (without toppings), and strained fruit juices (without pulp) like apple, orange, white cranberry, white grape, lemonade and limeade
- Do not drink ONLY water. Drink a variety of clear liquids.
You need to drink a lot of clear liquids to flush your system.
Starting in the morning, you need to drink at least 20 eight-ounce glasses of clear liquid throughout the day. Continue drinking lots of fluids through the night and up to two hours before your procedure. The more fluids you drink the better you’ll feel — it will keep you from getting hungry and weak, and will make the laxative easier to tolerate.
You will need to drink a laxative solution to clear your colon. The doctor will tell you which laxative you should take. Here’s more information from the manufacturers about each, including how to take them:
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- Why can't I have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before my procedure?
Because stomach contents are hazardous when having any type of anesthesia. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PRE-PROCEDURAL INSTRUCTION - DO NOT EAT, DRINK, OR SMOKE ANYTHING after midnight the night before your procedure, except clear liquids four hours prior to your procedure.
- Clear liquids that are allowed:
- Clear Jello
- Apple juice, NO PULP
- Soda pop
- Coffee, WITHOUT CREAM
- Clear Tea, WITHOUT CREAM
- No dairy products of any kind.
- No products with artificial red coloring.
- Gum, breath mints, chewing tobacco, smoking tobacco and vitamins are not to be used within four hours prior to your procedure.
- What about my medications?
- DO take your heart, blood pressure, asthma, Parkinson's or seizure medications with a sip of water the morning of your procedure.
- DO NOT take any other medications 12 hours prior to procedure. This includes any oral diabetic medication or insulin, unless instructed by the nurse or physician. Bring your insulin with you. If you are diabetic, please contact one of the nurses prior to your procedure.
- Please bring a list of all medications (including herbal and over the counter medications) with you the day of your procedure.
- Use your asthma or other lung inhalers in the morning and be sure to bring them with you.
- If you are on oxygen at home, bring it with you.
- Contact your physician for instructions if you are taking aspirin, aspirin products, blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, or have taken diet pills (phen/fen or redux). Some medications need to be stopped a few days before the procedure.
- What if I have special needs (i.e., diabetic, disability, language)?
- Call us and let us know what your needs are.
- Free translation services are available 24-hours-a-day in all spoken languages and ASL.
- What if I feel ill before my procedure?
- Notify your surgeon if you develop any of the following:
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Cough or congestion
- Chicken Pox exposure/illness within two weeks of surgery
- Any other problems that may interfere with your scheduled surgery
- How should I get ready?
- Bathe and shampoo before coming to the hospital.
- Make sure your hair is dry prior to arriving. Pull back long hair with an elastic band.
- Wear loose clothing that is easy to get off and on, which will fit over a dressing.
- Do not wear any makeup or jewelry (including any body piercing) or metal hair accessories.
- Do not bring other valuables.
- What should I bring with me?
- Cases for eyeglasses, contact lenses or hearing aids. All personal belongings will remain with your family member during the procedure.
- If you are staying overnight in the hospital - bring a small bag with personal items only (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, comb or brush, shaving kit, other toiletries).
- Cash or a credit card for your co-pays (depending on your insurance) and filling any post-surgical prescriptions. Note: The cost of prescriptions cannot be added to your bill, unless under Workers' Compensation.
- The following documents, if applicable: Photo ID (such as a driver's license), insurance card(s), Medicare and/or Medicaid cards, a completed Living Will (if you have one).
- Should someone come with me?
- If you are scheduled to arrive at 11:00 a.m. or later, call us before you leave home to see if any changes have been made to the schedule.
- One or two visitors - family members or friends - are welcome, but no children under 12 years of age, please.
- One family member should stay within the facility during your stay to receive instructions from the surgical team.
- A parent or guardian of a patient under 18 should stay in the facility until the patient is discharged. (If you are a guardian of a patient, bring copies of forms indicating guardianship or power of attorney.)
- A responsible person should be prepared to drive you home. Driving yourself home is NOT permitted. If you do not have a responsible person to drive you home, your procedure will be cancelled.
- A responsible adult should be prepared to care for you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.