Colonoscopies and Upper Endoscopies

 

Recommendation for screening to find and possibly prevent colorectal cancer:

Beginning at age 50, it is recommended that men and women of average risk of colon (colorectal) cancer get screened with a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy looks for polyps, which can be removed as a preventive measure for colorectal (colon) cancer. It's also a way to detect colorectal (colon) cancer at an early stage, which is when it's most effectively treated. 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 alternative screening options with their surgeon.
 

Scheduling a Colonoscopy or Upper Endoscopy

  • 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

Prior to your scheduled colonoscopy, please follow the appropriate set of preparation instructions and complete the Health History and Medication Reconciliation forms below:

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