Westside GI

Westside GI Center is a state-of-the-art ambulatory endoscopy center dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare service, patient care and operational excellence. We strive to make your stay with us as pleasant as possible by providing quality care in a warm, caring, personalized and professional environment.

 

Patients and visitors must wear masks
For the safety of all patients, patient escorts are not permitted to wait inside the facility during the procedure.

What to expect ...

Professional doctors who care about patients
Before Your Procedure
Your doctor's office will call you on the day before your procedure to confirm your appointment. It is very important to follow all instructions:
  1. An administrative assistant will call 1-2 days before your procedure to complete a pre-procedure questionnaire and answer any of your questions.
  2. A Staff Member may call you again the afternoon before your procedure between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to inform you of the approximate time of your procedure and what time you should arrive at the center.
  3. Ask your doctor for specific instructions about preparing for your procedure. Most procedures require patients to stop eating and drinking at least eight hours before your procedure. This includes not eating candy or chewing gum.
  4. Please STOP taking multi-vitamins, Vitamin E, and herbal supplements one week prior to procedure. Confirm with your doctor which medications you should take the day of your procedure. Medications such as blood thinners, aspirin, or medication containing aspirin may need to be stopped temporarily.
  5. You must make plans to have a responsible adult drive you home and be with you for 24 hours after your procedure.
  6. We suggest that you do not smoke for at least 24 hours before procedure.
  7. If you have a living will, please bring a copy with you on the day of procedure.
  8. If you need special assistance, are not fluent in English, or require a sign language interpreter, please let the physician’s office know so arrangements can be made to assist you.
  9. Please notify your doctor of any change in your medical conditions, or if fever or other illness develops. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, notify your physician or the Endoscopy Center as soon as possible.
Day of Your Procedure
We are committed to providing you with a comfortable and safe environment during your stay. Please view our instructions:
  1. For the safety of all patients, patient escorts are not permitted to wait inside the facility during the procedure.
  2. Do not wear mascara or heavy make-up and remove nail polish. The skin and nails provide important signs of circulation.
  3. Bring a current list of all your medications with dosages and how often you take them (Including Prescriptions, Over-The-Counter, Herbals, Patches, Inhalers, Eye Drops, Supplements, Vitamins, Aspirin and Oxygen). If you are instructed by your doctor or nurse to take your morning medications – you may do so with a SIP OF WATER ONLY.
  4. The center cannot be responsible for lost items, so leave all valuables such as jewelry, credit cards and large sums of money at home.
  5. Wear loose and comfortable clothing that can be stored easily.
  6. If you wear glasses, contact lenses, dentures, or a hearing aid, bring along a case to put them in during procedure.
  7. If you have sleep apnea and own a CPAP or BiPAP machine, please bring it with you to the center.
  8. Please arrive at the specified time and sign in at the registration desk. Please bring a photo ID and insurance card.
  9. During your procedure, those who accompany you should wait in the reception/waiting room area. With your approval, your physician will speak with them after your procedure.
  10. Each member of our staff involved in your care will confirm with you the planned procedure.
  11. During your care, nurses will ask you to rank your pain on a scale of zero (for no pain) to ten (for the worst pain). The number you give them will help the nurse treat your pain appropriately.
  12. Prior to discharge, you will be given written post-procedural instructions. It is important that you understand the instructions. The nurses and your physician will answer any questions that you have.
  13. Please note that your wait time prior to procedure may be over an hour. We will make every attempt to keep you informed regarding your procedure time, but sometimes delays are unavoidable. You may wish to bring a magazine or book to help you stay relaxed. Anticipate 30-45 minutes for recovery time from Anesthesia sedation.
  14. We are committed to providing you with a comfortable and safe environment during your stay.

An established Leader

Our Surgical Center offers patients a convenient, comfortable and safe environment for outpatient procedures.

Westside GI Center is staffed by professionals who specialize in diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Our patients benefit from the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment.

Our specialists use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat both common and complex digestive problems. Our doctors and specialists work closely with patients to improve overall health and quality of life.

Comprehensive GI Care

Westside GI provides comprehensive care, education, and research to the people of New York City and beyond.

Westside GI Center's Mission

Our mission is to advance healthcare to improve the health of our patients and communities, promote health equity and develop the next generations of healthcare leaders.

Highest Quality Care Available

We work as a team of doctors and professionals to leverage best practices and innovation in providing the highest-quality care for our patients and families.