On the day of your procedure, you will be taken to a pre-procedure room.
As part of your colonoscopy preparation, your healthcare professional will give you an intravenous line (IV). Through the IV, you will be given medications and sometimes fluids to help relax and comfort you during the colonoscopy.
Patches may be applied to the skin of your chest, arms, or legs for an electrocardiogram, or EKG. An EKG records the electrical activity of your heart. Your healthcare provider will also place an automatic blood pressure cuff on your arm and a pulse oximeter on your finger. The pulse oximeter checks the oxygen levels in your blood.
From the table in the procedure room, you may see several pieces of equipment, including a television screen and tables of instruments. During this time, you may also hear noises such as high- and low-pitched beeps. These sounds are normal and are no cause for concern.
Your doctor will usually be available to answer any last-minute questions you have before the colonoscopy begins.
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