Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?
What should I bring and wear?
Can I drive?
Where should I park?
When should I arrive?
What happens when I arrive?
How long should I expect to be at the endoscopy center?
Will I feel any pain during the procedure?
Will I be sleeping during the procedure?
What does recovery involve?
When can I expect test results?

Q.  What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

A. The nursing department will contact you prior to your procedure to conduct a pre-op interview.  If you prefer to contact them, please call 703-766-2600 ext 104.  You should also review and complete the following forms:

  • Consent Form for procedure 
  • HIPAA Privacy Notice
  • HIPAA consent form
  • Anesthesia consent form
  • Assignment and release form

Q. What should I bring and wear?

A. Please come prepared with the following:

1. Bring a copy of your insurance card and a photo ID.

2. A responsible adult available to take you home approximately 2 hours from the time you arrive. If you do not have a ride home, you can contact a patient transport service (Buckleys at 703-390-0535) and arrange for them to take you home. When you contact them they will go over their fees. Note: A taxi is not considered a patient transport service.

3. A major credit card, cash or check to cover co-pays, co-insurance and / or deductibles.

4. Wear comfortable clothing, preferably with an elastic waistband.

Q. Can I drive?

A. No, due to the effects of your anesthesia received during your procedure you willbe unable to drive for the remainder of the day.

Q. Where should I park?

A. The designated parking garage for the center is located to the right of thebuilding. Your car will be towed if it is not parked in the garage. There are some designated parking spaces marked GCV in the back of the garage or you can parkin any space available. If you should park on another level please be sure, you take the elevator to level B and take the walkway to the back entrance of thebuilding. Take the elevator inside the building to level LL and make right. The glass door on the left after the restrooms is where the center is located.

Q. When should I arrive?

A.  The building’s security system is in place until 6:45 a.m..  If your procedure is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., please do not arrive before 6:45 a.m. If your procedure is at any other time of the day, you are required to arrive 1 hour prior to your procedure time.

Q. What happens when I arrive?

A. Once you arrive, you will check in with the receptionist and ensure your paperwork is completed.  Then, you will be escorted to an admission bay in the Gastroenterology Center where you will change into a hospital gown.  You will be interviewed by an anesthesiology technician who will check your vitals signs and start your IV.

Q. How long should I expect to be at the endoscopy center?

A. You should expect to be at the center approximately two hours from time of arrival.

Q. Will I feel any pain during the procedure?

A. Everyone’s response to pain is different. We give pain medications and sedatives during the procedure to keep our patients comfortable. Patients generally do not remember having the procedure done at all.

Q. Will I be sleeping during the procedure?

A. The objective of the IV sedation (not general anesthetic) is to keep patients comfortable. Most patients do sleep during the procedure.

Q. What does recovery involve?

A. After the test, you will be moved to the recovery area, where you will be observed until you are ready for discharge.

Q. When can I expect test results?

A. The doctor who performs the test will have a general idea of your results, which will be explained to you before you leave. If a tissue sample (biopsy) was collected during the procedure, it will be sent to the lab for further analysis.

Your doctor will contact you with your results.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor’s office directly:


Gastrointestinal Medicine Associates, PC
R. Allen Blosser, M.D.
Soloman Shah, M.D.
Hani Sabahi, M.D.