What to Expect at a GI Procedure

Pancreas Center endoscopists will strive to ensure your experience is as comfortable for you as possible when you are here. Your procedure will be performed in the Endoscopy Suite on the 13th floor of the Herbert Irving Pavilion. The endoscopic procedures performed at The Pancreas Center are outpatient procedures. This means you will be able to leave the hospital the same day as your exam. Here is a summary of how your day will go:

Arrive and Register – 1 Hour Prior to Scheduled Procedure

When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork at the registration desk. Someone on your treatment team will also confirm that you have followed all pre-procedural instructions to ensure you are prepared for endoscopic evaluation.

Anesthesia Consult

Before entering the consultation room, you will be brought to a holding area where an anesthesiologist will speak with you. At that time, your treatment team will decide whether you will receive conscious sedation or monitored anesthesia care, a deeper level of sedation. You will receive an IV at this time through which the sedation medication will be delivered once you are in the treatment room.

Endoscopic Procedure

After your anesthesia consultation, you will be brought into the procedure room and asked to position yourself on the treatment bed. Your treatment team will introduce themselves, confirm the procedure you are having, and answer any questions you may have. Once you are situated and prepared for the procedure, you will receive the sedative through an IV and the procedure will begin. Throughout the procedure, you will be able to respond to verbal and physical prompts, but the sedation will keep you from feeling any physical discomfort.


You will be brought back to a holding area once the procedure is complete. Due to the sedation, you may feel a little sleepy. Once your transportation arrives, you will be able to go home. You must arrange for someone to pick you up from the Endoscopy Suite since we cannot allow you to leave unless we are sure you can get home safely.