If you have chosen Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Digestive Health Institute for a procedure, we’re happy to be able to care for you. There are a few things you’ll need to know prior to arriving for your appointment.
- Pease arrive for registration one hour prior to your appointment. Questions about getting to the hospital or where to park?
- Check in at the main information desk, 836 W. Wellington Ave.
- You’ll be guided to the GI Lab, Room 1402, on the hospital’s first floor.
- You’ll be asked to complete a few registration forms and provide photo identification, such as a driver’s license or state ID, as well as insurance information.
- Our Public Safety Department can provide parking validation for a reduced rate. See our parking options and directions.
Be Sure You Have an Escort
Please be aware that, following your procedure, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home, take a cab or take public transportation unescorted. To ensure your safety, you must have a responsible adult to accompany you home following your procedure. If your escort does not arrive with you, a member of our staff will call to verify your escort home. We take your safety seriously and, if you do not have an appropriate escort, we will make arrangements for transportation or reschedule your appointment.
Your friend or relative is welcome to wait during your procedure in our GI Waiting Room. Escorts are also encouraged to check out our Rendezvous Café or Courtyard Café for a meal, a light snack or a beverage while they wait.
How to Prepare and What to Expect
Planning for your procedure and knowing what to expect will vary depending what type of procedure you’re having. See our guide for preparing for some of our most common procedures.
Following your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area, where you will stay for approximately another 30 to 45 minutes. Your visitors will not be able to see you yet.
- Colonoscopy — Your colon will have been expanded with air during your procedure, so you will be encouraged to pass gas while in recovery.
- Upper Endoscopy — You may feel the need to belch following your procedure. Following your recovery period, you will be provided with fruit juice or water, as well as some graham crackers.
You will receive instructions and important contact information before you are sent home. You will not be able to drive, operate machinery or return to work until the next day. We’ll ask that you go home, relax and continue to recover. Also, please be aware that you should not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours following your procedure.
To learn more, for help finding a physician or to schedule an appointment, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622). You can also find a physician and request an appointment online.