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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are you old enough to be a doctor?

     - Despite having a youthful appearance, I have been practicing medicine for over 15 yrs. 

2. What is a colonoscopy?

     - A colonoscopy is a procedure which uses a thin flexible tube with a camera on the end to visualize the colon and rectum.  This can allow for both visualization and biopsy of even small abnormalities and removal if needed.   We follow the American Gastroenterological Association's evidence based clinical guidelines to provide you with high quality care. 

3. Are there other options besides a colonoscopy?

     - Yes, there are several options including a fecal occult blood test, barium enema, CT colonography (Virtual colonoscopy) and cologuard test, however there are risks and limitations to each.  Colonoscopy is the current gold standard test because it can both detect and remove polyps during one procedure.  At this practice we follow the guidelines produced by the American Gastroenterology Association.  It is best to make an appointment and talk with your provider about which option is best for you. 

4. Do I have to have a prep?

     - Yes you need to clean out your bowels in order for the doctor to get the best visualization of your colon to detect polyps and cancer.  There are currently several options including smaller volume preps and improved taste.  It is best to make an appointment and discuss with your provider which option is best for you.

5. Do I need sedation?

     - The procedure is done with mild sedation under the guidance of anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience.  For this reason you will need a driver to take you home after the procedure.

6. Where is the procedure done?

     - There are two outpatient surgery centers, Blue Water Surgery Center and St. Lucie Surgery Center locally depending on your insurance.  Occasionally procedures will need to be done at St Lucie Medical Center as an outpatient.  There are links to their websites on our services web page.

7. I lost my prep instructions where do I get another copy?

     - You can find a printable copy of the prep instructions on our PATIENT FORMS page.

8. Will my insurance cover the procedure?

     - This depends on your particular insurance and insurance policy.  Most insurances cover screening colonoscopies, however if you are having symptoms, a prior history of colon polyps, or a family history of colon cancer this may be consider a diagnostic test.  We recommend that you check with your insurance carrier prior to the procedure.

9. What is an endoscopy?

     -  An endoscopy is a procedure which uses a thin flexible tube with a camera on the end to visualize the esophagus and stomach.   This can allow for both visualization and biopsy of even small abnormalities and removal if needed.  

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Treasure Coast Gi

1701 Hillmoor Dr Suite #4

Port St Lucie, FL 34952

Office: 772-777-2575

Fax: 772-777-2587

For Life-Threatening Emergencies Call 911
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