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Why would you need a diagnostic colonoscopy?

Doctors often prescribe diagnostic colonoscopies when they suspect a patient has colorectal or gastrointestinal issues or if you have risk factors for colon cancer. These procedures occur at the onset of symptoms rather than as a regular examination.

You may need diagnostic colonoscopy if you:

  • experience unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • have risk factors for colorectal cancer.
  • are found to have blood in a stool sample test 

Or you may have unexplained symptoms, such as:

  • blood in the stool.
  • anemia.
  • abdominal cramping or pain.
  • vomiting.
  • anemia.
  • weight loss.
  • chronic diarrhea or constipation.
  • excessive gas or bloating.

The following factors make you at higher risk for colon cancer:

  • being male.
  • being African American.
  • having a family history of polyps or colon cancer.
  • having a bowel disease.
  • having a genetic disorder like Lynch syndrome that increases your cancer risk.
  • being overweight.
  • smoking cigarettes.

What is a diagnostic colonoscopy?

How long does a diagnostic colonoscopy take?

Are you asleep during a colonoscopy?

How do you feel after a diagnostic colonoscopy?

How long after a colonoscopy can you eat and drink again?

Do you get results immediately after the colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a regular colonoscopy and a diagnostic colonoscopy?

* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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