For Patients - Answers to Your Questions
At what age should I get a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopies should be performed on all men and women beginning at age 50. If there is a family history of colon cancer at a young age or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease) the age for the first examination may be younger.
Will I be awake for my colonoscopy?
All Gastroscopies and Colonoscopies performed at the Ambulatory Center for Endoscopy, LLC are done under the supervision of a staff Anesthesiologist. You will receive a short acting sedative that will assure your comfort and most patients don’t even remember the procedure was done.
Will my insurance cover the cost of my procedure at ACE?
ACE is participating with Medicare, most commercial insurance carriers, as well as PPOs and many POS plans. ACE is a preferred ambulatory endoscopy facility for all Oxford/United Healthcare insurance plans. ACE also offers comprehensive flat rate endoscopy services, including anesthesia, which are very affordable for patients who do not have insurance coverage.
Will I be able to return to work following my Colonoscopy/Gastroscopy?
Due to the administration of conscious sedation, you are required to rest for the remainder of the day and not operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours.
Should I take my regular medications on the day of my procedure?
All blood pressure and heart medications should be taken with a small sip of water when you awaken on the day of your procedure. When you should take your diabetic, or other medications, will be discussed with your ACE physician at the time your procedure is scheduled.
What will happen if a polyp is found during my colonoscopy?
Most polyps ranging in size from several millimeters to several centimeters can be fully and safely removed at the time of your colonoscopy. If larger growths are identified, they may be partially removed or simply biopsied to determine the best course of further treatment. Your doctor may use sterile ink to tattoo the wall of the colon at the site of a lesion to make it easier to locate in the event of a subsequent examination or to help a surgeon find the area in the event surgery is needed. The polyp or biopsy specimen is sent for a pathologist to examine, and a report is usually available within several days of your test.
Why must I drink a preparation solution prior to my colonoscopy?
AIt is imperative for your colon to be free of any stool which may prevent your gastroenterologist from reaching the end of the colon, and may result in a polyp being hidden under the remaining stool. There are many different types of colon preparations available for use which may be tailored to your individual needs. Your ACE physician will discuss these options with you at the time your procedure is scheduled. Contact your physician immediately if you are having difficulty taking your prescribed preparation. They will make suggestions that will allow you to still be adequately prepared for your colonoscopy.
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