Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA)

has partnered with Gifthealth for your upcoming colonoscopy prep

◦ Johnny Altawil, MD
◦ Steven J. Bindrim, MD
◦ Zachary Dickson, MD
◦ William Ergen, MD
◦ Jeffrey S. Gilbert, MD, AGAF
◦ John M. Haydek, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FASGE
◦ Jason L. Huffman, MD
◦ Hannah Jones, DO
◦ Kevin Patrick Meyers, MD
◦ Tejal Mistry, MD
◦ Matthew Moore, MD
◦ Raj I. Narayani, MD, FACG, FASGE
◦ Maria B. Newman, MD
◦ Ramanujan Samavedy, MD
◦ Joseph Carr, APN
◦ Andrea Coffey, ANP
◦ Olivera Dessieux, ANP
◦ Sherrie Jenkins, ANP
◦ Victoria Mann, ANP
◦ Amy White, ANP
◦ Rhiannon Bain, PA
◦ Melanie Griffith, ANP
◦ Darianna Gentry, APN
◦ Mark McAfee, APN

Gifthealth will:

Contact you to verify your address and collect your copay, if applicable

Provide cost-saving options and automatically apply coupons

Verify the procedure date

Provide instruction sheets on your specific preparation

Deliver your bowel prep regimen for FREE

Our patient care team is always here to help!
1 (833) 614-4438

How will we contact you? 

Phone Call
Welcome SMS text
Checkout link in SMS text
To set up delivery, you must speak to one of our patient care reps or complete the checkout process via SMS link.

What Happens During a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure performed by a doctor and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Medications will be given into your vein to make you fall asleep. During a colonoscopy, the doctor uses a long, flexible, tubular instrument about 1/2-inch in diameter called a colonoscope that transmits an image of the lining of the colon. The colonoscope is inserted into the rectum and advanced along your large intestine. 

Because you are asleep, you won't feel any pain during the procedure. The colonoscope is slowly withdrawn while the lining of your bowel is carefully examined. When the procedure is completed, the colonoscope is removed before you wake up. 

During the colonoscopy, if the doctor sees something that may be abnormal, small amounts of tissue can be removed for analysis (called a biopsy), and abnormal growths, or polyps, can be identified and completely removed. In most cases, colonoscopies allow accurate diagnosis and treatment without the need for a major operation.

Before the Procedure

You will be asked to hold supplements and vitamins several days before your procedure. There will also be some modifications to diabetic medications. If you are taking a prescribed blood thinner, your doctor's office will instruct you regarding when to hold this medication before your procedure. Once your procedure is completed, you will also be informed when it is safe to resume your blood thinner.

Continue to take your other prescribed medications such as heart, blood pressure, acid-reflux, and allergy medication.

You'll need to arrange a ride home after the colonoscopy -- you won't be allowed to drive because of the sedatives you'll be given during the procedure. Your doctor may also give you other special instructions.It is important to discuss your medical history and any medical conditions you may have with your doctor. Be sure to bring a list of your current medications, including prescriptions and any over-the-counter medications, supplements, or herbal remedies you are taking. Also tell your doctor if you have any allergies. 

Instruction sheets from your doctor were sent along with the bowel prep regimen. Please follow those instructions to complete your bowel prep- DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BOX

What Happens After a Colonoscopy?

After your colonoscopy:

  • You will stay in a recovery room for 20-30 minutes for observation
  • You may feel some cramping or a sensation of having gas, but this usually passes quickly
  • You can usually resume your normal diet

Read your discharge instructions carefully. Certain medications, such as blood-thinning agents, may need to be avoided temporarily if biopsies were taken or polyps were removed.

Gastrointestinal Associates, P.C.

1311 Dowell Springs Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37909
Phone: (865) 588-5121

629 Delozier Way
Powell, TN 37849

11440 Parkside Dr
Knoxville, TN 37934


266 N 4th St
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (833) 614-4438


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