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As a result of the recent Executive Order from the office of the Governor of the State of Florida and out of an abundance of caution and concern for our patients during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed the scheduling of elective surgeries and procedures until further notice. This helps us minimize the chance of infection for our patients and staff, conserves the use of personal protective equipment and maintains resources for those who might become critically ill in the future. We will resume scheduling elective surgeries and other procedures once the situation improves. Please reach out to your primary health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.
We are pleased that you have chosen the Shands Endoscopy Center for your healthcare needs.
UF Health Shands Hospital is recognized as high performing in colorectal surgery and ranked national among the best hospitals for gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
The Medical Team
A team of highly skilled UF gastroenterologists and physician assistants, nurses and staff and community anesthesiologists with specialized training in GI procedures combine their expertise to provide patients with excellent medical care.
Nationally and internationally renowned UF gastroeneterologists perform endoscopic procedures for patients suffering from a variety of complex gastrointestinal disorders and digestive complaints.
Men and women over the age of 50 should have a screening colonoscopy to ensure any early signs of colon cancer are detected and, if possible, removed during their colonoscopy, which can avoid surgery and save lives.
Check in to Admissions is located directly inside the main lobby of South Tower, left of the registration desk. Once seen by admissions, they will direct you to the GI reception desk on the second floor.
What Patients Should Expect
Patients are seen by referral. A healthcare professional who would like to refer patients for endoscopic procedures can refer them to Shands Endoscopy Center by fax. Appointment information will then be mailed to the patient's home address.
Patients will be provided procedure-specific instructions to follow for the days prior to their procedure regarding eating, drinking and taking certain medications. It is important that patients follow these instructions carefully and call Shands Endoscopy Center with any questions.
Most patients are provided monitored anesthesia care (MAC) to keep them comfortable throughout their procedure. This type of anesthesia uses sedatives and other agents that leave patients less groggy after their procedures.
Because of the sedation used for the procedures, patients must have someone drive them home to ensure safety. A family member or friend can wait comfortably for the patient in the waiting room.
The gastroenterologists review the procedure results and answer questions about the procedure or individual care before patients leave. The referring provider will be notified of the results to review with the patient in more detail.
After the procedure, the patient will be sent home with a copy of the endoscopy report. Another copy of the report will be sent to the referring provider. Pathology results will be communicated to the patient and the referring physician by the gastroenterologist performing the procedure within 5-10 business days.
The Southeastern Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (SECIBD) at the University of Florida and the Gainesville VA Medical Center is dedicated to the study and treatment of Celiac Sprue, Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis.
Conditions & Services
- Anal fissure
- Barrett esophagus
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Colon and rectal cancer
- Colorectal polyps
- Crohn disease
- Cryotherapy - skin
- ERCP and SpyGlass
- Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
- Esophageal cancer
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Gastrointestinal Motility Procedures
- Liver biopsy
- Peptic ulcer
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Stomach cancer
- Swallowing difficulty
- Ulcerative colitis
- Upper endoscopy
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Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.
Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.
Financial AssistancePatients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.
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