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Having a colonoscopy equates to a root canal in my book however, this practice made the whole process a breeze…They booked me an appointment a few days out, but were so on top of things that they called a script in to my pharmacy to relieve the discomfort until I got in. I highly recommend Dr. Swan and the staff at this practice!
Colorectal cancer is highly preventable, and timely colonoscopies are the only way to achieve that goal. Don’t wait for symptoms!
If you’re age 50+ (or younger, if you’re at higher risk of colorectal cancer), then it’s time to have a colonoscopy. (Click to Schedule)
Here are some risk factors that may warrant a colonoscopy before age 50:
In 2018, The American Cancer Society made new screening recommendations based on age. The ACS now recommends that average-risk patients begin screening at age 45. However, only a few insurance companies have adjusted their reimbursement policies to reflect the new recommendations.
Please check with your insurance company to see if they have adopted the new guidelines to cover screening colonoscopies.
People with a life expectancy of more than 10 years and in good health should continue regular colorectal cancer screening through the age of 75.
People ages 76 through 85, should consider screening based on personal preferences, life expectancy, overall health, and prior screening history.
People over 85 should no longer get colorectal cancer screening.
Precancerous polyps don’t typically produce noticeable symptoms. If you have any of the following signs of colorectal cancer, seek our assistance immediately:
All colorectal cancers start as precancerous polyps, which are growths that protrude from the inner wall of the large intestine. Colonoscopy is the gold standard for finding and painlessly removing these polyps before they turn into cancer.
In fact, US colon and rectal cancer rates have dropped 30% in the last 10 years among adults age 50+. Why? More Americans are having screening colonoscopies to prevent cancer. But despite that, colorectal cancer is still the second-leading cancer killer in the United States. Let’s work together to change that. Click to schedule your colonoscopy
Using a colonoscope, we inspect your entire rectum and colon.
A colonoscope is a thin, flexible tube with several devices on the end, including a light, camera and a tool for removing polyps. Your doctor will insert the colonoscope and guide it to the end of the colon, and then slowly remove it while looking for polyps. Fecal matter can hide polyps from view, so excellent preparation is important. If your doctor finds a polyp, he will painlessly remove it and send it to a pathology lab for examination.
By choosing GCSA for your colonoscopy, you’re securing a thorough, professional procedure and improving your odds of avoiding colorectal cancer. We exceed the national standard in three key areas of colonoscopy performance. By ensuring we reach the end of the colon and taking our time during the examination, we discover precancerous polyps far more frequently than the average practice. Here are the numbers to prove it:
|7 minutes||6 minutes|
|Male: 45%||Male: 30%|
|Female: 34%||Female: 20%|
Because screening colonoscopies are the gold standard for preventing colorectal cancer, most insurance plans (including Medicare) will exempt them from your deductible, minimizing or eliminating your out-of-pocket costs! To learn more about the difference between screening and diagnostic colonoscopies, click here.
Colonoscopies typically receive excellent insurance coverage, and we accept a wide variety of plans to make screening for colorectal cancer affordable for as many people as possible. However, your plan may still require some out-of-pocket contribution. We offer CareCredit® and in-house financing to make sure you can access this important procedure. To learn more about insurance and financial policies, visit our FAQ.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about how Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio specializes in easy-prep colonoscopies in the San Antonio communities of Medical Center, Stone Oak, Northeast, Westover Hills, Boerne or Bulverde, call 210.614.1234 today. You can also request an appointment online here.