St. Bernards GI Lab diagnoses and treats problems of the digestive system, from the throat (esophagus) to the colon, including organs involved in digestion—the stomach, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.
The GI Lab has four procedure rooms and a fluoroscopy room. The GI Lab physicians use devices that allow the interior of the colon and stomach to be viewed and biopsies to be taken for further testing. Under fluoroscopy, an imaging technique, disorders can be detected within the system that creates, stores and releases bile into the digestive system.
Patients undergoing a procedure in the GI Lab should allow for two to three hours for their visit, including both the procedure and recovery time. Patients must stay in recovery and be monitored until the nurse determines they have reached an acceptable alertness score and are ready for discharge.
GI Exams and Procedures:
Bravo Ph Capsule
M2A® Small Bowel Capsule
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Tube Placements
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholagiopancreatography
For more information about St. Bernards GI Lab, please call 870.207.4180.
PRIOR TO PROCEDURE
Clear Liquid Diet
These are ok to drink
- Soda pop, ginger ale, and club soda
- Black coffer (no cream or sugar)
- Apple juice
- Clear sports drinks
- Clear Broth
*It is important while you are on the clear liquid diet that you do not drink anything that has red, orange or purple color.
These are not ok to drink
- Breads, grains, rice or cereal
- Soup with chunks of food
- Dairy Products
- Coffee with cream
- Pineapple Juice
- Orange Juice
- Milk or dairy drinks
2 days prior to procedure avoid the following:
- Raw vegetables
***You should continue your blood pressure medication, seizure medication, and aspirin unless instructed not to***
Prior to procedure, the following must be stopped at least 3-5 days. Contact provider for specific instructions.
- Blood thinners-contact your prescribing doctor before stopping
- Iron pills
- Stool formers (Imodium, fiber supplements)
Please bring a list of your current medicines and doses the day of your procedure.
If you have a Pacemaker to Internal Defibrillator: Please bring your device information card with you on the day of the procedure. Give the device card to your assigned nurse at check-in. Your doctors will need to know your device brand name.
Patients with Diabetes
- Check your blood sugar the morning of your procedure.
- Important tips to prevent low blood sugar: During the clear liquid day, drink protein. A good source of protein is clear chicken, beef, or vegetable broth. Keep glucose tablets on hand for any sudden drop of blood sugar.
Contact your endocrinologist or Primary Care physician for further instructions.
DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE:
You will receive anesthesia medicines during this procedure to make you comfortable and sleepy. The medicines are given through and IV( a soft flexible tube in your arm)
Since you will receive anesthesia medications, you may not drive home.
You must have a responsible adult 18 years or older with a valid river’s license who is on-site through your entire procedure.
If your companion does not stay on site, you will need to reschedule your procedure.
We recommend that an adult stay with you for several hours after your procedure.
You may not drive for 24 hours after your procedure.
***We strive to perform the safest and most careful procedure for every patient. A procedure may take longer for some patients than for others. As a result, your procedure may not be performed at the exact time you were scheduled. We ask for your patience. Please at least 3 to 4 hours for your visit.***
If you use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP0 machine to help you sleep: Bring your machine and mask with you. These may be used after the procedure.
St. Bernard’s Gastroenterology Doctors perform procedures at several locations.
Outpatient Surgery Center
1100 East Matthews
Jonesboro, AR 72401
St. Bernard’s Medical Center
225 E Washington
Jonesboro, AR 72401
CrossRidge Community Hospital
310 N Falls Blvd.
St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center
2801 Medical Center Dr
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Great Rivers Medical Center
1520 N Division St
Blytheville, AR 72315
Call (870) 336-0472 for questions about your appointment or preparation.