The Endoscopy Center of Tyler (ECOT) is the first specialty center in the East Texas area dedicated solely to the care of gastroenterology (GI) patients and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gastrointestinal disease. A vision of the physicians of Digestive Health Specialists of Tyler, the Endoscopy Center was designed with quality and patient convenience in mind and is the result of the physicians' initiative to build a facility entirely dedicated to the prevention of cancers of the digestive tract and to the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal disease.
As a free-standing center, ECOT functions in a way that provides patients and their families the highest levels of comfort, privacy, and convenience. Centrally located in the medical district of Tyler, our spacious parking lot is easily accessible from either Fifth Street or Beckham eliminating the confusion and hassle caused by parking garages and the need for tokens and passes. From calming colors and artwork, to private consultation and changing areas, every detail of the Center was designed with your needs in mind.
Our staff was hand-selected to provide the best possible care during your procedure. Our registered nurses have a combined experience of over 112 years specializing in gastrointestinal diseases and procedures. By actively participating in their professional organizations and attending annual courses on trends and changes in GI nursing, they offer the highest quality nursing care available including complete education for both patients and their families about endoscopic procedures and disease management.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does insurance cover my procedure?
Our staff will gladly assist you in verifying what your insurance will cover. Please call our insurance specialist at 903-595-5101.
How will I be billed?
We will bill your insurance company as a courtesy to you unless you have made other arrangements. You may receive up to three separate claims or billing statements. One will be from the Endoscopy Center of Tyler for the facility services including room charge, medication, equipment, nursing care, etc. The second will be from the physician who performed your procedure for his/her professional fee. If a specimen was taken and sent for analysis, you will receive a third separate bill from the pathologist office.
What should I bring the day of my procedure?
Please bring your insurance cards, driver's license or identification, and a list of your current medications. Wear comfortable clothing and leave all valuables at home.
Will my procedure hurt?
The sedation medicine is administered by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) through an IV catheter to keep you comfortable and safe during your procedure. Most people do not recall any of their procedure due to the amnestic properties of these medications.
How long will the procedure take?
Our procedures average around thirty (30) minutes. If you consider the preparation and recovery time, expect to be at our facility for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Our physicians are better able to stay on schedule and decrease your waiting time because we do not have to "work in" hospital inpatient and emergency procedures.
What if I need to cancel?
At Endoscopy Center of Tyler, we understand that sometimes emergent or other situations do not allow you to keep appointments. Please contact both the Endoscopy Center at (903) 595-5101 and your physician's office as soon as possible to cancel and reschedule your appointment. Many times we are able to allow someone on our waiting list to have their procedure sooner if we are given enough notice.
Why choose the Endoscopy Center of Tyler for your procedure?
Our facility was designed with your comfort, privacy, and safety in mind:
- Decorated in soothing colors and contemporary artwork.
- Private changing areas with restroom.
- Private consultation rooms to review procedure results.
- Warm blankets available.
- ADA wheelchair and handicap accessible.
- Large one-level parking area.
- Covered patient drop-off and pick-up.
- Constructed, staffed, and equipped to meet rigorous state and federal requirements
- Medicare approved.
- Voluntarily accredited by the American Association of Ambulatory Health Care.