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Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. It is treatable cancer if detected early. A colonoscopy is an essential procedure used in the routine screening of colorectal cancer. This procedure allows providers to examine the inside of the large intestine with a camera and remove any suspicious-looking areas such as polyps. All adults over the age of 45 are recommended to be screened for colorectal cancer.
Like a pap smear, mammogram, etc. a colonoscopy is a routine test that protects you from colon cancer and is a part of your routine health maintenance. All insurance carriers are required by law to cover screening colonoscopy. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes, and you will be sedated during the procedure. You will not be able to drive that day and will need a driver to drive you back home. The total time you will spend at the ambulatory surgery center is roughly one and half hours. You will need to prepare for the procedure the day before with a special diet and a laxative preparation that starts in the evening. You do not need to miss work the day prior to the procedure. Further information regarding the procedure including videos can be found in the links on this page.
Most patients are referred to a gastroenterology office for evaluation of a screening colonoscopy. Typically, you will make an appointment with the physician where you will be counselled regarding the procedure. However, it is possible to schedule your colonoscopy electronically through our website. You save the extra appointment with the doctor and will not have to worry about any co-pay or deductible. We will obtain relevant information from you electronically and schedule the procedure for you without you having to schedule an office appointment.
Your colonoscopy will be performed at Orange County Digestive Center. This is located at 1400 Reynolds Ste 125, Irvine California. This is located less than a mile away from John Wayne International airport with easy access from major highways.