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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have no colorectal symptoms, family history of colon cancer, polyps or inflammatory bowel disease you should have your first exam at age 50 whether you are a man or a woman since colon cancer affects both genders equally. Recent evidence suggests that African Americans should begin screening earlier at the age of 45. If you have colorectal related symptoms such as bleeding, feeling bloated, unexplained abdominal pain, signs and symptoms of diverticulitis, etc, you should then consult your gastroenterologist to see if a colonoscopy is indicated.
There is minimal downtime after colonoscopy. You should avoid driving or going back to work for the rest of the day. If your doctor removed a polyp during your colonoscopy, you may be advised to eat a special diet temporarily. You may feel bloated or pass gas for a few hours after the exam, as you clear the air from your colon. Walking may help relieve any discomfort.
You need to clean out your colon before your colonoscopy. Any residue may obscure the view of your colon and rectum during the exam. To empty your colon, your doctor may ask you to do one or more of the followings:
- Follow a special diet the day before the exam.
- Take a laxative.
- Use an enema kit.
- Adjust your medications.
- Also tell your doctor if you take aspirin or other medications that thin the blood, such as warfarin (Coumadin)
Colonoscopy usually takes about 30 minutes: If polyps need to be removed it will take longer, depending on the number and the size of the polyps.
If you don’t have insurance, the cost of colonoscopy will be usually between $15000-$2000, depending on the type and steps in the procedure. If you have insurance, please contact our office so we can calculate your out-of-pocket cost according to your policy.
The Affordable Care Act requires health plans that started on or after September 23, 2010 to cover colorectal cancer screening tests. Most private insurance plans cover the cost of colonoscopy as a screening test, but you might still be charged for some services. Please contact our office and our staff will happily address these concerns on an individual basis.
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