Endoscopy Center

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134 Pu'uhonu Way    
Hilo, HI 96720
Map & Directions

(808) 969-3979

The staff of The Endoscopy Center is working hard to make your procedure in our center as comfortable, relaxing and safe as possible.

Our facility is equipped with the latest endoscopic equipment, and our staff is specifically trained in endoscopic procedures.

The Endoscopy Center is licensed by the State of Hawaii and certified by Medicare. We regularly undergo quality reviews by The Joint Commission and have received full accreditation. The Endoscopy Center is owned and operated by the physicians of Gastroenterology Associates, Inc.

Financial Information

The Endoscopy Center charges a standard fee for your endoscopic procedure. This fee includes use of the facility, nursing, personnel, medication and materials used during your procedure. The Endoscopy Center participates with most insurance companies. The fee charged by the center does not include the physician's professional fee, which will be billed separately.

Any portion not covered by your insurance is your responsibility. Payment arrangements can be made with our billing/insurance coordinator.

The Endoscopy Center is committed to providing needed care without regard to finances. If you need financial assistance, please let one of our staff know.

The Endoscopy Center is owned and operated by the physicians of Gastroenterology Associates, Inc.

Before Your Procedure

  • You will be seen by one of our gastroenterologists for a preoperative evaluation. At that visit please bring:a bag containing all medications, herbs and vitamins that you take regularly or occasionally. If you have an advanced directives, please provide a copy for your medical records.
  • Upon request, assistance will be provided if there is some difficulty with English.

The Day of Your Procedure

  • Because prolonged procedures and/or cancellations occur, please give us a number to reach you in case the schedule changes.
  • You will be asked to arrive 1/2 hour before your procedure.
  • You will not be able to drive home after your procedure. Your driver should be available by phone or a pager will be provided. If you do not have a driver, your procedure will be rescheduled.
  • Please leave jewelry, watches, purses, wallets and other items of value at home.

The Endoscopy Center will not be responsible for your valuables.

Questions Patients Frequently Ask Concerning Endoscopic Procedures

Q. May my friend or family member stay with me during my procedure?

A. Family members are not allowed in the procedure area. We will be happy to contact a family member at the completion of the procedure.

Q. Will I be completely asleep?

A. We administer intravenous sedatives for endoscopic procedures. This is called "twilight sleep" or moderate sedation. Moderate sedation may mean some degree of awareness though the procedure is generally quite comfortable.

Q. How long will the procedure take?

A. Although individual procedures may be longer or shorter, most patients should expect to be in the facility for 2 hours. This allows for recovery from the sedative during which time patients are monitored closely.

Please feel free to ask our staff members any questions you might have. We welcome any comments or suggestions which will allow us to serve you better.

Emergencies

In the event of an emergency, please call The Endoscopy Center at (808) 969-3979 and state that it is an emergency. If you feel it is a life-threatening condition, please go to the nearest emergency room (ER) and have them call us as soon as possible.

Gastroenterology Associates

  • Gastroenterology Associates - 134 Puuhonu Way, Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: 808-969-3979

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