This is an examination of the large intestine (colon) using a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end.
A colonoscopy is an exam of the large intestine (colon) using a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end.
This care path is for a screening colonoscopy that meets the requirements of a “preventive” exam. Benefit plans typically provide coverage for a screening colonoscopy if you are age 50 or older. Please review your coverage documents and/or call the number on your health plan ID card for more information.
Most colonoscopies are done to screen for colon cancer or for polyps that may become cancerous. A biopsy may be needed if an abnormality is found during a screening colonoscopy. Since any colonoscopy might lead to a biopsy, which is a minor surgical procedure, prior to the procedure you should tell your doctor about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Some medicines can interfere with the colonoscopy preparation or the examination.
The day before the colonoscopy, you will be instructed to drink only clear liquids and take medicine to clean out your bowels. Just before the test, you may be given a medicine that makes you relaxed and sleepy (a sedative) or one that puts you to sleep (anesthesia). Sometimes your doctor will give you a choice of a sedative or an anesthetic. You should ask about the advantages or disadvantages of both. You should also ask about other specific instructions you should follow before the procedure. These include:
Don't forget to make arrangements for transportation to and from the facility and for help at home. Even if you are awake, you will not be allowed to drive home after your colonoscopy.
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Note: Under the Affordable Care Act, preventive services like a screening colonoscopy are not subject to deductibles or copayments when your health plan is a “non-grandfathered” plan and your colonoscopy is done by a network physician. However, a diagnostic colonoscopy to check on previously identified polyps is not a preventive service and is subject to deductibles and copayments.
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