This is a procedure that examines the large intestine and removes a growth (polyp) found during the procedure.
A screening or preventive colonoscopy allows your doctor to check for polyps or other problems in your large intestine. Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end to look at your large intestine.
Depending on your circumstances, there are multiple ways to screen for colon cancer. They include checking for blood in your stool (fecal occult blood tests) or using an instrument to look at the lining of the colon and rectum (colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy). Your doctor may recommend a screening colonoscopy to check for polyps or cancer in your large intestines and rectum. This can reduce your chance of developing colon cancer and lead to the discovery of a cancer before it becomes advanced and produces symptoms.
Before your colonoscopy, talk with your healthcare provide about your medical conditions and all medications you are taking. Do not forget over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements.
What if they find a polyp during a screening colonoscopy? Will I have to pay for the polyp removal?
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a screening colonoscopy that results in the removal of a polyp?
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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