Before Your Procedure

Will I be contacted prior to my surgery by the facility?
In some cases, yes. Although you most likely received information from your doctor and/or clinic staff, the staff at Magnolia Surgery Center may also call you to ask you a few questions pertaining to your medical history, surgical history, and medications. They may also just call to remind you about your procedure arrival time and what to expect the day of the procedure.

What tests are required prior to my surgery?
Every patient is unique. Any pre-operative tests will be determined by your physician and communicated to you prior to the date of your procedure.

What sort of preparation is needed for a colonoscopy or EGD?
Your doctor will give you all your prep instructions prior to your procedure. Follow these instructions carefully as the quality of your prep directly affects the quality of your examination. If you have any questions, please contact the doctor’s office immediately. We want to make sure your preparation is complete.

What should I bring?

  • Please bring a photo ID and your insurance card(s). Our staff will need to verify and make copies when you check-in on the day of your surgery.
  • Be sure to bring any emergency medications that you may need during your stay at the facility (e.g., inhaler or insulin).
  • Please bring a list of all drugs you are currently taking.
  • Please bring payment for any patient responsibility (e.g. co-payment or deductible). For your convenience, we accept credit/debit cards as well as checks and cash.
  • Please leave all valuables at home (including jewelry, watches).We do not have a safe on site to lock up valuables.

Should I arrange a ride to/from the facility?
Yes!! You will not be allowed to drive after surgery. Please arrange for an adult to drive you home and for someone to be with you the remainder of the day following your procedure. Not having a ride can lead to cancellation/postponement of your procedure. For safety reasons, we also do not allow rides home via trolley or bus. You may take a taxi IF a responsible adult accompanies you.

What may I eat and drink before surgery?
Typically, you should avoid eating or drinking ANYTHING after midnight the night before your procedure. But, your physician or a pre-operative nurse will inform you of your specific restrictions. It is very important that you follow the provided instructions. If you do not, your procedure could be delayed or even cancelled. The main thing for most colonoscopy patients is to avoid solid foods the day prior to the procedure and to follow any instructions for clear liquid diet given to you by the clinic.

Should I take my routine medications on the day of surgery?
You will be given instructions regarding medications by your physician, along with preparation instructions. Also, as noted above, please be prepared to list all medications (including name and dose) you are taking and to bring any with you that may be needed during your stay (e.g., inhaler or insulin).

What if I think I might be pregnant?
Please be sure to notify your physician and/or nurse prior to the date of surgery if you think you may be pregnant.