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At Palmetto Digestive, we understand the fear and discomfort patients can experience before a colonoscopy. That’s why our team is committed to keeping patients informed and maximizing their comfort and peace of mind every step of the way.

In addition to colonoscopies, we specialize in endoscopies and gastrointestinal procedures. We see patients at our locations in Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, Summerville, and the Moncks Corner area of Charleston, SC.

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Many patients experience apprehension before a colonoscopy. Despite the worries and hassles, a colonoscopy is one of the best procedures to detect cancers and other abnormalities early and while they’re still treatable.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an exam that detects abnormalities in the lining of the large intestine and rectum. During the procedure, the Gastroenterologist inserts a thin, flexible tube into the rectum. This instrument is known as a colonoscope, and attached to it is a small video camera that allows doctors to see inside the colon.

How long does a colonoscopy take?

The procedure itself usually takes from 15-30 minutes. Palmetto Endoscopy asks that you arrive 1 hour prior to your procedure. You should plan on spending about 2 -2.5 hours total to account for preparation, waiting and recovery time.

When should you have a colonoscopy?

The American Cancer Society recommends adults between the ages of 45 and 85 undergo regular colonoscopies to screen for colorectal cancer.

What can a colonoscopy detect?

A colonoscopy primarily detects colorectal cancer, precancerous tumors, polyps, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. They also help diagnose the causes of chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, bowel changes, and other intestinal abnormalities.

How do you prepare for a colonoscopy?

The patient must empty their colon before the colonoscopy. Patients must follow a special diet the day before the procedure, refrain from consuming solid foods, and limit their liquid intake to plain water, broth, and clear fluids. Patients will also need to take a laxative or a cleansing solution directed by their doctor. This helps to clear the entire colon, so the colonoscopy images are as accurate as possible.

What can you expect during a colonoscopy?

Some patients may experience minor discomfort or pressure. Your doctor may give you additional medication to help. While your doctor examines the colon, you will lie on your side or back. They will remove any polyps during the procedure for further examination. If your colonoscopy shows any abnormalities, your doctor will remove tissue from the colon and take a biopsy.

Can I take a bus, taxi, Uber or Lyft home by myself after my procedure?

No. A trusted person above the age of 18 must be with you to drive you home or accompany you. If you do not have a family member or friend to assist you, there are relatively inexpensive local resources that may be able to help you get to and from your procedure. Please contact us for more information.

What should I expect to pay for my colonoscopy?

Under the Affordable Care Act, you can get certain preventive health care tests done for free. Colonoscopy is one of these tests. It is often free, but there are some cases in which patients must pay part of the cost.

By answering a few questions, you can figure out what to expect to pay for your colonoscopy. Talk to your doctor’s billing team or your health plan if you have more questions.

You may get up to 4 bills for your colonoscopy.
1. One from the doctor who did your colonoscopy.
2. One from the place where you had your colonoscopy.
3. One from the anesthesia care team, if you get sedation.
4. One from the pathology lab, if a biopsy or polyp is removed.

Colon cancer screening coverage laws
To learn more, visit:
The American Cancer Society: Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Laws
The American Gastroenterological Association: Patient Cost Sharing for Screening Colonoscopy

If you have private insurance
If you have private insurance and were charged for a colonoscopy, you can appeal the claim.
To learn more about appealing your colonoscopy charges to your private insurance, talk to your doctor’s billing office or read more on How To Appeal a Rejected Claim on

For more information or to schedule a colonoscopy, contact our offices today!
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