Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio - Easy-Prep Colonoscopy
Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio - Easy-Prep Colonoscopy

Easy-Prep Colonoscopy Services

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We Are Committed To Providing Comprehensive Care

You deserve an easy-prep colonoscopy in San Antonio, Texas.

You no longer have to drink liter after liter of unpleasant solution to prepare for your colonoscopy. Plus, our doctors have above-average precancerous polyp detection rates! Better results and maximal convenience is what we offer at Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio. Read on to discover more reasons why you should choose us for your colonoscopy.

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!

Maria D.

 

 

 

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Our board-certified gastroenterologists can stop your colorectal cancer before it happens.

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. Here are some risk factors that may warrant a colonoscopy before age 50:

  • A family or personal history of colon polyps or cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Certain genetic conditions such as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC) or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Belonging to certain ethnic groups, including African-Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews)

Don’t wait for colorectal cancer symptoms to have a colonoscopy!

Precancerous polyps don’t typically produce noticeable symptoms. If you have any of the following signs of colorectal cancer, seek our assistance immediately:

  • A change in bowel habits, including diarrhea, constipation or a change in stool
  • Rectal bleeding, or blood in your stool
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas, pain, feeling full or bloated
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chronic fatigue

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How do colonoscopies prevent colorectal cancer?

All colorectal cancers starts 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.

What happens during the colonoscopy procedure itself?

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.

Leading the way with exceptional colonoscopy performance.

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:

How often the furthest point of the colon is reached during a colonoscopy.

GCSA National Standard
99.9% 95%

Average time spent examining the colon.

GCSA National Average
7 minutes 6 minutes

How often precancerous polyps are found during a screening colonoscopy.

GCSA National Standard
Male: 45% Male: 30%
Female: 34% Female: 20%

Your easy-prep colonoscopy, broken down into four simple steps:

  1. Consultation – We’ll review the procedure with you, answer any questions you have and prescribe your easy-prep kit.
  2. Preparation – The day before your procedure, you’ll start a liquid-based diet and drink a special solution to cleanse your colon. Fortunately, the days of consuming up to 4 L (135 oz.) of poor-tasting liquid are gone. Our easy- (or “split-”) prep method means you’ll only need to drink two 16-oz. servings of cleansing solution — one the night before and one the morning of your colonoscopy. Plus, you can add flavoring, so don’t worry about the taste.
  3. Procedure – During the procedure, you will be completely sedated to ensure maximal comfort. At GCSA, every colonoscopy is performed by a board-certified gastroenterologist who has extensive experience identifying polyps and colorectal cancer.
  4. Recovery – Because you’ll be sedated during your procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you home afterward. You can eat whenever you feel comfortable and return to your normal activities the next day.

Screening colonoscopies are generally exempt from your insurance deductible.

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.

We accept most insurances, including HMO, PPO, Medicare and Medicaid plans.

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 using the form below.

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