This involves an examination of the large intestine and removal of a polyp. It is done using a long, flexible lighted tube with a camera on the end.
A colonoscopy with polyp removal is an examination of the large intestine and removal of an abnormal growth of tissue (polyp). This is done using a long flexible lighted tube with a camera on the end.
A diagnostic colonoscopy is done to try to find the cause of symptoms that might be due to diseases of the colon. It is also done to remove any abnormal tissue for testing (biopsy).
Most colonoscopies are done to screen for colon cancer or polyps that may become cancerous.
Prior to the procedure you should tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Some medicines can interfere with the colonoscopy preparation or the exam. The day before the exam, you will drink only clear liquids and take medicine to clean out your bowels. Ask about other specific instructions you should follow before and after the procedure. These include:
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.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a colonoscopy and removal of a polyp?
After your procedure, you should know what you had done, what medication was given and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider after discharge. Make sure you understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. Your surgeon should also communicate with your primary care physician.
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, or one done for surveillance for polyps, is not a preventive service and is subject to deductibles and copayments.
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