To expedite your preadmission testing and ensure that your experience is as pleasant as possible please follow the guidelines outlined below.
Depending on the type of insurance or other health coverage you have, you may be required to precertify with your insurance company. Please discuss precertification requirements with your doctor before your procedure is scheduled.
After the endoscopic procedure, you will be transported to the endoscopy recovery area for observation. While you’re there, your blood pressure, pulse and respirations will be checked at frequent intervals. A recovery area nurse will be attending your immediate needs and will assist in your discharge from the area.
It is estimated that 10 to 20 percent of American adults will develop gall stones. The gall bladder stores bile produced by the liver. Gallstones can form when bile contains too much cholesterol.
Gall bladder disease primarily affects women, but men can suffer from it too. If surgery is needed, the gall bladder and the stones are typically removed to reduce the chance that more stones would form. This is done laparoscopically with small incisions in the abdomen with patients going home the day after surgery and resuming normal activities within two weeks. Open surgery would involve a 9- to 18-centimeter incision and a much longer recovery time.