The Outpatient Department at Franciscan Health Rensselaer opened in August, 1989. The tastefully decorated unit was designed to provide the surrounding communities with easy accessibility to specialty medical services.
The Outpatient Department offers a wide array of services to patients. More than 20 specialty physicians provide services such orthopedics, ENT, podiatry, urology, ophthalmology, neurology, cardiology, plastic surgery and general surgery. The Hospital is also able to perform tests and procedures ordered by physicians who do not have staff privileges at the Hospital. For information on consulting physicians at Franciscan Health Rensselaer , please click here.
One of the more common procedures performed in the Outpatient Department is endoscopy. Colorectal screening is extremely important, as colon cancer is one of the most curable types of cancers when detected in its early stages.
Other procedures performed include EMGs, EEGs, ear molds, nerve blocks, as well as many other procedures.
You will be placed in a private cubicle with a reclining chair.
You will be asked to remove all of your clothing and will be given a gown and a blanket.
Your clothing will be placed in a bag and either given to your family or placed on a hook on the wall.
You will be asked to remove all jewelry, eyeglasses or contact lenses. It is best to leave all valuables at home. Any rings you do not wish to have removed will be taped.
You will be asked to read and sign consents appropriate to your procedure.
You will have your blood pressure, pulse and respirations taken.
You will have an IV started.
You may be given some type of pre-procedure medication.
One member of your family may remain with you during this time.
You will be returned to your private cubicle.
You will have your vital signs taken again and be assessed by your nurse.
You will stay at least one hour and be dismissed under the guidance of your physician.
If hospitalization is required, you will be made comfortable in a semi-private hospital room.
Soon after your procedure, the Ambulatory Surgery nurse will call you to see how you are doing and if there are any questions you need answered.