Q: At what age should I have my first colonoscopy?
A: A screening colonoscopy is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50. A screening colonoscopy is recommended earlier than age 50 for an individual with a family history of colon cancer or polyps.
New guidelines, released by the American College of Gastroenterology, call for African Americans to be screened for colon cancer every 10 years starting at age 45.
Q: Will my insurance cover the cost of the procedure?
A: As with any service you are receiving, please contact your insurance company to verify if it is covered under your insurance plan.
Q: Why do I need to have someone I know drive me home?
A: The majority of our procedures are performed with intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation is the administration of medication (usually a combination of a narcotic and a sedative). The use of these drugs alters your reflexes and perception which make you unfit to drive. Our hospital protocol requires that a responsible individual insures that you arrive inside your home safely. Public transportation is prohibited due to the fact that we need to make sure that you arrive inside.
Q: How long will my visit take?
A: The average length of your visit is dependent upon which procedure is performed and the length of your recovery. The visit varies per patient, however, it is usually between two to three hours.
Q: Will I be awake for the procedure?
A: The majority of our procedures are performed with intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation is the administration of medication (usually a combination of a narcotic and a sedative) through your vein. This type of sedation requires that the patient respond to verbal and tactile stimuli as well as maintain their airway. Our goal is to make sure you are as comfortable as possible while providing safe care.
Q: If the physician finds a polyp, or sees any abnormal tissue will it be removed?
A: The majority of polyps are removed during your procedure. However, particularly large polyps may need to be removed surgically. In order to prevent colorectal cancer all polyps (small or large) need to be removed. Colorectal cancer is 90% curable with early detection and removal of polyps. A biopsy will be taken of any suspicious tissue. All biopsies and polyps will be sent to pathology for evaluation.
Q: Will I be able to eat after my procedure?
A: While there may be restrictions to the type of foods allowed, the majority of the patients resume a normal diet after discharge. Depending on the result of the procedure, dietary modifications may be recommended.
Q: How are your scopes processed?
A: The GI Lab follows the highest recommended guidelines for reprocessing endoscopes. Each endoscope is meticulously pre-cleaned and then placed in an automatic endoscope reprocessor.
Q: What are the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
A: Heartburn, regurgitation and nausea are the primary symptoms of GERD.
Q: What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?
A: Inflammatory bowel disease includes both Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
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