Alternatives to Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Although gastrointestinal endoscopy is a safe and effective means of examining the gastrointestinal tract, it is not 100 percent accurate in diagnosis. In a small percentage of cases, a failure of diagnosis or misdiagnosis may result. Other diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, such as medical treatment, x-ray type imaging and surgery are available. Another option is to choose no diagnostic studies and/or treatment. Your physician is available to discuss these options with you.
I understand that because of the sedation I may not drive or operate machinery, make critical decisions, sign legal documents or consume alcoholic beverages on the procedure day. I understand if I do not have an escort, I must wait at the facility for 2 hours. If I arrive at Alaska Digestive Center without transportation or refuse to wait the 2 hours after my procedure, my procedure will be cancelled. I consent to the taking of photographs during my procedure to assist in my care. I am aware that my procedure report will be placed in the medical record for access by other providers for whom the information might be vital to deliver appropriate medical care. I understand that my physician may have a financial interest/ownership in Alaska Digestive Center. I have been fully informed of the risks and possible complications of my procedure/anesthesia and have been given the opportunity to ask questions.
I understand that unforeseen conditions may be revealed that may necessitate change or extension of the original procedure(s) or a different procedure(s) than those already explained to me. I therefore authorize and request that the physician, his/her assistants or designees may perform such procedures as necessary and desirable in the exercise of his/her professional judgement. I understand that if an untoward event were to occur, like sustaining measures will be administered. If emergency transfer to the hospital is necessary, my advanced directive, if applicable, will go into effect upon admission to the hospital. I am aware that the practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. I acknowledge that no guarantees have been made to me concerning the result of this procedure.
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