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Diagnostic vs. Preventive Colonoscopies: Know the Difference!

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Colonoscopies are either diagnostic or preventive.  The difference between the two is sometimes hard to distinguish, but there is big difference on how insurance companies cover either procedure.  Knowing the difference between the two types of colonoscopies is an important step before scheduling your colonoscopy.  We have included a general rule of thumb below; however, please make sure to consult with your physician and your insurance plan for a more detailed and personalized view of the different types of colonoscopies.

  • A preventive or screening colonoscopy is performed on a patient who is asymptomatic (no gastrointestinal symptoms either past or present), is 50 years of age or older, and has no personal or family history of colon polyps and/or colon cancer.
  • A diagnostic colonoscopy is performed on a patient who has gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea) and who has past and/or present polyps or gastrointestinal disease (e.g. Crohn’s Colitis, etc.).
  • If polyps are found, removed or biopsied during a screening colonoscopy, most insurance carriers re-categorize the screening colonoscopy as a diagnostic colonoscopy (and your screening benefit may no longer apply).

For more information on colonoscopies visit the National Institutes for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ Colonoscopy webpage.

Now Offering Treatment for Chronic Bowel Incontinence!

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Skyline Endoscopy Center now offers treatment for those suffering from chronic bowel incontinence.  The InterStim Therapy for Fecal Incontinence can provide improved control over bowel functioning in some patients.  For more information on this treatment, please visit our InterStim Therapy webpage.  Dr. Crystal North now performs the stage 1 evaluation at Skyline Endoscopy Center.  If you would like to meet with Dr. North to learn more about this therapy and determine if it may be an effective treatment for you, please contact her office at Centers for Gastroenterology in Loveland.

You can also learn more about the InterStim Therapy on the Medtronic website.