A Patient's Guide to Interventional Gastroenterology

Diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract may be identified and treated with noninvasive or minimally invasive methods. Interventional gastroenterologists typically review a patient's symptoms, history, blood tests and existing imaging records to come up with an opinion and treatment plan, which often includes using special endoscopic procedures. These nonsurgical procedures can reduce complications and speed up recovery time—so you can get back to good health and the things you enjoy.

Ranked No. 1 in California and No. 3 in the U.S. for gastroenterology and GI surgery, Cedars-Sinai provides you with the most advanced care and treatment. Our experts pioneered the wide use of gastrointestinal endoscopy to perform nearly every available GI procedure. Whatever type of GI issue you're facing, Cedars-Sinai can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions regarding your interventional GI procedure. If you still have questions or concerns about your procedure, call us at 310-423-6082 or send a message to the Interventional Gastroenterology team.

You may need to be on a clear liquid diet prior to your surgery. A clear liquid diet is one that consists of clear liquids, such as broth, and foods that are liquid at room temperature, such as gelatin. Learn more about a clear liquid diet.

We recommend parking across the street in Lot P2 (enter from George Burns Road). If the parking lot is full, you may use Lot P4 (enter from Sherbourne Drive) or use valet parking in Lot P3 for an additional charge. Be sure to bring your parking pass with you for validation ($5 for all-day parking after validation). Please note: We do not validate parking for the Medical Office Towers Garage. For more information, call the Parking Helpline: 310-423-5535.

To check in for your procedure, visit the South Tower of the main hospital, located at 8700 Beverly Blvd. You can check in at the registration desk.

New patients should bring their ID and insurance card. If your referring provider did not send us all medical records, it's helpful to have a copy of your previous endoscopy (EGD, colonoscopy, ERCP) reports, relevant blood tests, a list of your current medications and any relevant radiology studies (MRI/MRCP, CT, X-rays) that were performed outside of our medical center. Please bring a copy of the images on CD-ROM, which can be requested from the radiology facility that provided your imaging. Our providers will use this to guide your treatment.

Please arrive at least 90 minutes before your scheduled procedure time. You can check in at the South Tower registration desk.

Typically, new patient visits last about 1 hour with the provider, not including registration or checkout time. Follow-up visits are typically 30 minutes long. We are a teaching institution, which means occasionally visits may take longer than normal. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Have Questions or Need Help?

Call us, or send a message to the Interventional Gastroenterology Services team.

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Pacific Time (U.S.)
Available 24 hours a day

(1-800-233-2771)