GI Procedure Lab

The GI staff at HCMC perform a variety of procedures to evaluate, diagnosis and treat disorders of the GI system. These procedures are conducted in our GI procedure lab, where we provide patients with a safe, comfortable and efficient environment. You will be sedated during your procedure to provide a comfortable and minimize discomfort.

Procedures performed

  • Colonoscopy and colon screening
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (UGE)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Esophageal manometry

How to Prepare for your Colonoscopy or Procedure

  • You will need to bring your insurance card and a list of medications you are taking.  Please wear comfortable clothes and leave any valuables (including jewelry) at home.
  • Follow the colonoscopy preparation instructions exactly as they are written. If you have not prepared for your procedure, it may need to be cancelled. (insert colonoscopy preparations – and other procedures)
  • Important – You will be sedated for your procedure, so you will need to have a responsible adult accompany you for your procedure to get you home afterward. This applies to everyone, regardless of your method of transportation. If you do not have a responsible adult to care for you, your procedure will be cancelled.
  • Allow approximately 2 hours for your procedure.
  • Because you are sedated, most patients report minimal discomfort, and many do not remember their procedure.

Contact information

To schedule a procedure call 612-873-2670.

Preparing for a Colonoscopy

Before a colonoscopy, you'll need to empty your colon. Any residue in your colon may obscure the view of your colon during the procedure.

Emptying the contents of the colon is a key requirement for a successful colonoscopy. If the bowel prep isn't completed successfully, polyps and lesions can be missed; the colonoscopy may take longer (increasing the risk of complications); or the whole process may need to be repeated or rescheduled.

Preparation Instructions

View the appropriate procedure prescribed by your provider. All of the following documents are in PDF format.

Not sure which colonoscopy prep was prescribed for you?
Call the GI Procedure Lab at 612-873-2670.