and General Surgeons
specialize in offering comprehensive colonoscopy exams to male and female patients of all ages.
During a colonoscopy procedure, a provider examines the inside of the colon, also known as the large intestine, with a long flexible tube with a tiny camera, known as a colonoscope. The typical colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure performed by an ARC Gastroenterologist or General Surgeon that can be scheduled at an Austin area hospital, or surgery center, and typically lasts 20 to 30 minutes. ARC recommends checking with your insurance plan to determine the most cost effective facility for your procedure.
Colonoscopy screenings are recommended every ten years for men & women, 50 years or older. Your doctor might recommend getting screened earlier, or more frequently, if you have a family history, personal history, or if you are at an elevated risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Why a Colonoscopy Matters
A colonoscopy is a safe, reliable, and an effective way to test for colorectal cancer. It’s estimated by the American Cancer Society that in 2017 there was over 100,000 new cases of colorectal cancer and led to over 50,000 deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer is second only to Lung Cancer in terms of death. A majority of those deaths could have been prevented if they underwent a simple colonoscopy procedure.
Recently there has been an upward trend in colorectal cancer diagnosis in young adults born in the 1990s. The American Cancer Society projects that there will be over 14,000 new cases of Colorectal Cancer diagnosed to patients under the age of 50 in the United States. Therefore it is becoming increasingly important for people of all ages to monitor their lower digestive track health and talk to their doctor if they have any concerns.
Who Should Get a Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is recommended for all adults over the age of 50 and continual screening every ten years regardless of prior history. Your physician might recommend earlier, or more frequent screening if you have preexisting risk factors. Preexisting factors include: Family History, Personal History, Ethnic background- African Americans are more prone to developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime, blood in your stool, and individuals that have been diagnosed with type II diabetes. Take our Colorectal Cancer risk assessment.
Open Access Colonoscopy
An Open Access Colonoscopy, also known as a Fast Track Colonoscopy, does not require a pre-procedure visit, making it easier and quicker for patients to schedule their colonoscopy. They are performed by ARC Gastroenterologists and are intended for healthy patients that need routine colonoscopies and have with no current symptoms and without any major health complications. Our Gastroenterology care team determines if you need a pre-procedure visit or not. To book your Open Access Colonoscopy please call ARC Far West Medical Tower at 512-346-8888.
ARC Gastroenterologists and General Surgeons are board certified physicians that specialize in Colonoscopy exams and other surgical procedures. ARC provides care in: Austin, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, and Round Rock, for your convenience and is a part of the ARC coordinated care health care team, working together with primary care providers (PCPs) and other specialists to share information pertinent to the well-being of ARC patients.