Gastroenterology

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Indiana University Health Arnett Gastroenterology physicians treat disorders of the digestive system.

Gastroenterology Services

  • colitis and inflammatory bowel diseases
  • colon cancer screening
  • emergency therapy of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • endoscopic treatment of bile duct stones
  • evaluation and therapy of gastrointestinal, liver and pancreatic diseases
  • hepatitis

The IU Health Arnett Endoscopy Team uses high-tech equipment to help diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive system. Small, flexible, lighted tubes are used to examine the area. Specially trained physicians and nurses work together to ensure patient comfort and safety.

Endoscopy services are provided at IU Health Arnett Surgery Center, IU Health Arnett Hospital and IU Health White Memorial Hospital. A physician referral is required for endoscopy procedures.  Some of the most common services we provide include:

  • Colonoscopy examines the entire colon
  • Upper GI (EGD) examines the upper GI tract, esophagus, stomach and duodenum
  • ERCP- examines the gallbladder and pancreatic ducts, commonly looking for gallstones
  • Feeding tube placement

Before Your Procedure

Be sure to follow the instructions from your referring physician's office exactly.  

Talk to your physician's office about any medications you are taking to see if you should hold off on taking them before the procedure and for how long.   Please view the Emmi Program.  You should have been given a number to access the endoscopy program.  If you did not receive an access number, please contact the office that scheduled your procedure so they can provide one for you. 

Please follow the instructions given to you by your provider or the scheduling department.  If you have ever had a history of constipation, please follow the instructions for "history of constipation." 

You should follow the "History of constipation" prep instructions if the following applies to you: 
1. You do not have daily bowel movements and / or
2. You take medications or treatments to have a bowel movement - any medication or treatment, no matter how frequent (even one time per week), qualifies you as a "History of constipation" patient. 

Instructions can be found below for your convenience.

Colonoscopy Prep Instructions - Indiana University Health Arnett Surgery Center
Colonoscopy Prep Instructions - Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital
Colonoscopy Prep Instructions (History of constipation) - Indiana University Health Arnett Surgery Center
Colonoscopy Prep Instructions (History of constipation) - Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital

If you have any questions, please contact Gastroenterology at any of the following numbers: the Hospital 765-838-5162; at the Surgery Center 765-838-7068; or (long distance) 800-899-8448.

The Day of Your Procedure

Please arrive for your procedure according to the time indicated by nursing staff to allow adequate time for registration, IV preparation and any lab work that may be needed.

What to Bring to Your Procedure (And What Not to Bring)

Leave jewelry or other valuables at home. Bring your insurance card and a detailed list of any medications you are taking with dosages and frequency. You will need to bring a driver with you since most procedures are performed under moderate sedation. This means you will be monitored closely by the medical team to make sure you are comfortable. The medications will make you sleepy enough to forget the procedure, but you will be breathing comfortably on your own. In a few cases, general anesthesia may be used.

Following your procedure, the physician who performed the procedure will talk to the family member accompanying you and provide pictures of your procedure.  If the physician who performed the procedure is not your physician who ordered the procedure, then you should receive treatment information by phone or mail within 5-7 business days.  If you are not contacted within that time, or if you have questions, you should contact your provider.