The UF Health Endoscopy Center is a 17,000-square-foot facility, devoted entirely to outpatient endoscopic procedures, such as colonoscopy and upper endoscopy.
UF Health Shands Hospital is rated as one of the nation's top hospitals for gastroenterology & GI surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
It is the only stand-alone facility within the UF Health system dedicated to endoscopic procedures and is one of the largest of its kind in Florida. Patient comfort is the top priority of the team at UF Health Endoscopy Center, from the initial referral through the completion of the procedure. Expert UF gastroenterologists use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in a relaxed setting to provide personalized medical care.
The medical team
A team of highly skilled UF gastroenterologists and physician assistants, nurses and staff and community anesthesiologists with specialized training in GI procedures combine their expertise to provide patients with excellent medical care.
Nationally and internationally renowned UF gastroeneterologists perform endoscopic procedures for patients suffering from a variety of complex gastrointestinal disorders and digestive complaints.
Men and women over the age of 50 should have a screening colonoscopy to ensure any early signs of colon cancer are detected and, if possible, removed during their colonoscopy, which can avoid surgery and save lives.
What patients should expect
Patients are seen by referral. A healthcare professional who would like to refer patients for endoscopic procedures can refer them to UF Health Endoscopy Center by fax. Upon receiving a referral, a scheduling coordinator will contact the patient within 48 hours to schedule an appointment. Appointment information will then be mailed to the patient's home address.
Patients will be provided procedure-specific instructions to follow for the days prior to their procedure regarding eating, drinking and taking certain medications. It is important that patients follow these instructions carefully and call UF Health Endoscopy Center at (352) 265-ENDO (3636) with any questions regarding your scheduled procedure.
Most patients are provided monitored anesthesia care (MAC) to keep them comfortable throughout their procedure. Because of the sedation used for the procedures, an adult driver MUST remain with you until you are dischared home to ensure safety. A family member or friend can wait comfortably for the patient in the waiting room.
After your procedure
The gastroenterologists will answer questions about the procedure or individual care before the procedure. The referring provider will be notified of the results to review with the patient in more detail.
- After the procedure, the patient will be sent home with a copy of the endoscopy report.
- Another copy of the report will be sent to the referring provider.
- Pathology results will be communicated to the patient and the referring physician by the gastroenterologist performing the procedure in 5-10 business days.
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