Colonoscopies and Upper Endoscopies

 

Recommendation for screening to find and possibly prevent Colorectal Cancer:

Beginning at age 50, men and women of average risk should obtain a colonoscopy to find polyps and possibly prevent or find colorectal (colon) cancer at an early stage.  Colon cancer screening should be repeated every 10 years based on results.  Patients at increased or high risk for colorectal cancer may need to start screening at an earlier age or have exams more frequently.
 

  • Screening is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease. Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer.
  • From the time the first abnormal cells start to grow into polyps, it usually takes about 10 to 15 years for them to develop into colorectal cancer. Regular screening can, in many cases, prevent colorectal cancer altogether. This is because most polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer. Screening can also result in finding colorectal cancer early, when it is highly curable.

American Cancer Society. (2/27/15). Overview of colorectal screening guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-prevention.

 

Patients who are medically unable to undergo a colonoscopy should discuss other screening options with their surgeon.

 

Scheduling Colonoscopies and Upper Endoscopies

  • Most procedures can be scheduled within seven days
  • No office visit is needed prior to scheduling an EGD or colonoscopy – simply obtain a referral from your primary care physician
  • Our staff will call insurance companies to ensure patients’ plans offer coverage for procedures
  • Results are typically available within a few days, with a report promptly sent to the referring primary care physician

 

Colonoscopy Preparation

If you have scheduled a colonoscopy, please follow the preparation instructions and fill out the Health History and Medication Reconciliation forms below prior to your appointment:

Preparation for Colonoscopy-Miralax
Preparation for Colonoscopy-GoLytely
Health History
Medication Reconciliation