South Bay Gastroenterology Medical Group’s physicians physicians are all board-certified in gastroenterology and are highly trained professional specialists, each of which has had extensive experience and expertise in the care and treatment of a wide variety of gastroenterological problems. As such, they perform a number of related procedures mostly, but not always, on an out-patient basis. The most common procedures performed by South Bay GI’s physicians include Upper GI Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, ERCP, and Endoscopic Ultrasound, all of which utilize video endoscopic devices. In general, “Endoscopy” refers to the use of an endoscope – a thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera at its end which transmits its images to a video screen, allowing the gastroenterologist to diagnose and treat various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Our insurance department is available to answer your questions from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday by dialing (310) 539-2059. If you find it more convenient than mailing a check, you may pay your bill using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and ATM. We accommodate a large number of insurance carriers. A partial list includes:
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Shield PPO
Great West PPO
Keenan & Assoc.
Frequently Asked Questions
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A: Yes, you will be sedated during your procedure. In most cases the sedative used is Propofol.
A: No, you may not drive yourself home. You MUST have a driver (friend, family member) drive you home and make sure that you have made it inside your home safely.
A: No, you may not take a taxi home. Taxi drivers will only drop you off curbside. Since you will be sedated for your procedure, someone will need to ensure that you make it inside your home safely.
A: You will be at the Endoscopy Center for approximately two to three hours. Most procedures take about 15-30 minutes.
A: We recommend you take a half day off from work the day before your procedure to complete the bowel prep. You will need to take the entire day off the day of your procedure. You may return to work the day after your procedure. (Of note: If you are scheduled for an Endoscopy only, you will only need to take the day of your procedure off from work.)
A: No you do not need a referral to be seen.
A: It depends on the provisions of your policy. As a courtesy our authorizations department will verify your benefits and obtain an authorization from your insurance if needed. They will inform you of any deductible or co insurance amounts that will be due.
A: Yes you can. We recommend Smart Water which you can find at any grocery store or pharmacy. It also has electrolytes to keep you hydrated.
A: Unfortunately Dulcolax is a laxative and may cause some abdominal cramping.
A: We recommend drinking the solution within two hours, but if your stomach feels too full or nauseated, wait until you are able to tolerate more. Take your time, as long as you finish by midnight the night before your procedure.
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Our thoughts are with our patients, their loved ones, and our entire South Bay community during this unprecedented time. We would like to share our support as well as updates on SBGI’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The safety and well-being of the community are of the utmost importance to us, and we are vigilantly monitoring and evaluating this evolving situation. In light of concerns around COVID-19 and the recommendations and guidance of numerous agencies, we have elected to pre-emptively suspend all non-urgent office consultations and outpatient procedures. The office will remain open for urgent consultations only, and all non-urgent follow-ups will be served via Telehealth or be rescheduled. We will continue to provide hospital coverage for our inpatient population at both Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center. SBGI has been in daily communications with both hospital leadership teams in our unified effort to curtail the spread of this virus. We will provide additional updates in the coming weeks to inform you about any changes to public and practice policies. As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout our country, the health and safety of our patients, healthcare providers, and employees is a top priority for South Bay Gastroenterology. We regret any inconvenience this may cause to your schedule and look forward to continuing to serve your healthcare needs.
Please submit any questions via our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Kim Georgian Administrator South Bay Gastroenterology