What is a Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is the only test that can detect and prevent colorectal cancer by finding and removing polyps during a single procedure. A colonoscopy can be both a screening test – that finds undiagnosed symptoms, and a diagnostic procedure – that finds and treats the cause of potential symptoms.

If you choose a screening test other than a colonoscopy, like a FIT test (fecal immunochemical test), and the result is positive (abnormal), you will need to have a follow up colonoscopy.

Colonoscopies also have an exceptionally high detection rate which contributes to higher survival rates as this allows patients to catch colorectal cancer in the early stages. Because of these compelling statistics, a colonoscopy is still considered the gold standard for detecting and preventing colorectal cancer.

Detection rate

Detection Rate Chart

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Fit Test

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Early Stage CRC

Approximately
9 out of 10

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Survive 5 Years (or longer)

Individuals diagnosed with EARLY STAGE CRC (colorectal cancer) that HAS NOT spread or metastasized beyond the colon or rectum survive 5 years or longer.*

Approximately
1 out of 10

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Survive 5 Years

Individuals diagnosed with EARLY STAGE CRC (colorectal cancer) that HAS NOT spread or metastasized beyond the colon or rectum survive 5 years or longer.*

Colonoscopy Costs For The Denver Area

General guidelines for colonoscopy costs, please contact your insurance for exact benefits and costs.

Typically FREE

Typically NOT Fully Paid

Faqs

Colonoscopy Billing FAQs

Colonoscopy billing:

You will receive three separate bills for your procedure, these bills include: your physician/anesthesia, the facility, and you may also receive a pathology or laboratory bill. Gastroenterology of the Rockies will contact your insurance company about your benefits, however, we also recommend you contact your insurance company directly to verify your specific benefits.

Will I be charged for my colonoscopy?

To answer this question, we need to address the difference between a preventative, or screening colonoscopy, and a diagnostic colonoscopy:

  1. The cost of a preventative, or screening colonoscopy, is generally covered by your insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
  2. The cost of a diagnostic colonoscopy is generally NOT fully covered by your insurance, you may have to pay the deductible and copay.

What is a preventative, or screening colonoscopy? Do I qualify?

A preventative, or screening colonoscopy is performed on an asymptomatic patient to test for the presence of colorectal polyps or cancer. Preventative, or screening colonoscopies are performed on patients who:

  1. Are 45 years of age or older
  2. NO gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding)
  3. NO screening colonoscopy within the last 10 years
  4. NO personal history of colon polyps or gastrointestinal disease

*You may also be charged for some additional colonoscopy services according to the cost sharing provisions in your individual health plan. Contact your insurance company to determine your individual benefits and possible out-of-pocket costs for your colonoscopy.

What is a diagnostic colonoscopy?

A diagnostic colonoscopy is performed on a patient to evaluate abnormal findings or symptoms. Diagnostic colonoscopies are performed on patients who:

  1. Had colon polyps in the past
  2. Have a gastrointestinal disease
  3. Have gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, or abnormal imaging of colon (i.e., CT scan, MRI).

Contact your insurance!

Contact your insurance to determine your specific benefits and possible out of pocket costs (deductible, coinsurance, facility copay) for the procedure. It is important to inquire about both the physician and facility costs, discuss any symptoms and/or personal history (including prior colonoscopy dates and findings), and family history related to your procedure. Each insurance plan may provide different benefits and handle claims differently. Ask how your specific plan will pay for a screening colonoscopy as well as a colonoscopy with polyp removal. Due to individual variabilities, our staff cannot predict the final cost of your procedure.

You may receive statements from multiple entities for balances after your insurance is processed. There will be charges from the physician, the facility where your procedure is performed, and the anesthesia provider if applicable. If there is a need for biopsy or polypectomy, you will also receive a bill from the pathology provider.

The Gold Standard in Colon Cancer Prevention: Colonoscopy

At Gastroenterology of the Rockies, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care for their digestive health. One of the most important tools in our arsenal is the colonoscopy, which is the gold standard for detecting and preventing colorectal cancer.

Colonoscopy Procedure

During a colonoscopy, one of our highly trained and experienced gastroenterologists will use a flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope to examine the lining of your colon. The procedure typically takes 30 to 60 minutes, and you will be given sedation to help you relax and be more comfortable during the procedure.

How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

To ensure the best possible results from your colonoscopy, it’s important to follow the preparation instructions we provide carefully. This usually involves a clear liquid diet the day before the procedure and taking a laxative to empty your bowels.

Our team will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your colonoscopy, and we are always available to answer any questions you may have.

Possible Side Effects and Complications

While a colonoscopy is a safe and effective procedure, there are some possible side effects and complications to be aware of. These can include temporary discomfort, bleeding, and perforation of the colon. However, our team of experts takes every precaution to minimize these risks and ensure a successful and safe procedure.

When to Get a Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is recommended for individuals who are 45 years or older, as well as for those with a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors. However, your gastroenterologist may recommend earlier or more frequent screenings depending on your individual risk factors and medical history.

At Gastroenterology of the Rockies, we are committed to helping you maintain your digestive health through the latest technology, state-of-the-art facilities, and the highest quality care.
Contact us today at 720-904-7500 to schedule your colonoscopy in Denver, and take control of your health.

Why Choose Gastroenterology of the Rockies for Your Colonoscopy

When it comes to your digestive health, you deserve the best possible care. That’s why so many people in the Denver area choose Gastroenterology of the Rockies for their colonoscopy.

Here are some reasons why we are top-of-mind for many patients in Denver:

1- Expertise and Experience

Our team of gastroenterologists is composed of some of the most skilled and experienced specialists in the Denver region. We have performed several successful colonoscopies and have the expertise to detect and prevent even the most challenging cases of colorectal cancer.

2- State-of-the-Art Facilities

At Gastroenterology of the Rockies, we believe that providing our patients with the highest quality care means investing in the latest technology and facilities. Our endoscopy centers are equipped with the most advanced equipment available, ensuring that you receive the most accurate and efficient care possible.

3- Personalized Care

At Gastroenterology of the Rockies, we understand that every patient is unique. That’s why we take a personalized approach to your care, taking the time to understand your individual needs and concerns. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized plan that addresses your specific health goals.

4-We Take Our Patients’ Comfort Seriously

We know that the idea of a colonoscopy can be intimidating for some patients. That’s why we go above and beyond to ensure your comfort during the procedure. From sedation options to personalized care from our team, we are dedicated to making your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

5- We Have a Strong Commitment to Excellence

At Gastroenterology of the Rockies, we are committed to excellence in every aspect of our practice. From the quality of our facilities to the expertise of our team, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care possible. With us, you can be confident that your health is in good hands.

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If you’re looking for the best possible care for your digestive health, choose Gastroenterology of the Rockies in Denver.

Contact us today at: 720-904-7500

Contact us today at: 720-904-7500

To schedule an appointment today!

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