Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get an appointment?

You can request an appointment online, by filling the form (click here).
Alternatively you can call on 079 3010 1008 or 079 3010 2115.

What are the timings of the Dr Abhinav at CIMS?

I am available at CIMS hospital everyday.

Monday: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Tuesday: 10 am to 6:30 pm
Wednesday: 1 pm to 6:30 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 6:30 pm
Friday: 10 am to 6:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 6:30 pm

I am available on Sundays and/or pubic holidays only for emergencies.

Can we consult online or get a second opinion online?

Yes, I am offering telemedicine facility. Here, via videochatting, I can give guidance and a second opinion. I cannot prescribe certain medicines online without seeing patients in my office.

I am very anxious about undergoing an endoscopy. Are endoscopies done with sedation?

It is natural to feel some anxiety prior to an endoscopy. An upper endoscopy done via the mouth can be done with or without sedation. It does not cause pain, but may cause some discomfort and nausea. Local (thoat) anaesthesia is given in all cases. Additionally, further sedatives can also be provided. A colonoscopy is always done with sedation or anaesthesia.

How do I prepare for an upper GI endoscopy?

Patients are asked not to take any meals for at least 6 hours prior to a planned upper GI endoscopy. Clear liquids maybe taken till 4 hours prior to an endoscopy. Tea and fruit juices are also not allowed in the 6 hour period.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

Preparation for a colonoscopy requires laxatives. A powder will be prescribed to you which will be reconstituted in 2 lit of water. The entire preparation is to be consumed within 2 hours. Alternatively, for early morning procedures, a split preparation is possible whereby half the dose is taken the previous night and half in the morning. This medication will result in loose motions over 5-8 times. This is the desired effect and will lead to expulsion of all the stools from the colon and will allow clearer visualisation during the procedure. It is preferable to consume semi solid and a soft diet 1 day prior to the procedure.

How soon can I resume my diet after an upper GI endoscopy?

You can resume your diet after 30 mins of an endoscopy. If sedation has been used, you have to wait for upto 2 hours. You will be informed about expected duration of wait before resuming normal diet after the procedure is over.

Is endoscopy painful?

An endoscopy usually results in discomfort, fullness, nausea and sensation of retching. Pain is uncommon and some soreness in throat maybe expected.

Can children undergo endoscopy?

Yes, endoscopy is safe in children. There are special instruments for children as they have smaller diameter of their digestive system. They usually undergo endoscopy in sedation.