Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopy Screening Saves Lives
Colon Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the U.S. Regular colonoscopy screenings can detect it early, while the cancer is more treatable.
Gregory Diamonti, MD, FACG
“I visited AppGastro to have my first colonoscopy. The office staff was wonderful during my pre-procedure visit – answered all my questions. Dr. Diamonti was extremely nice, attentive, caring and professional during my procedure visit. I highly recommend the team at AppGastro.” –Google Review
Douglas M. Trate, MD
Dr Trate and his entire staff are excellent; very professional and caring. I’ve had my colonoscopy there and feel completely safe with their medical care. Highly recommended. — Google Review
Colon Cancer Symptoms
Colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. That is why getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer is so important. (Source: CDC.gov)
If you have symptoms, they may include—
- A change in bowel habits.
- Blood in or on your stool (bowel movement).
- Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty all the way.
- Abdominal pain, aches, or cramps that don’t go away.
- Losing weight and you don’t know why.
Appalachian Gastroenterology (AppGastro) in Boone,NC
At AppGastro, we believe that each patient and provider become a team for treating an individual’s digestive problems. Our gastroenterology providers spend most of their time listening in order to understand your concerns and responding with the best treatment options for you. With the help of our professional staff, they also follow up to make sure that problems are resolved and your health improves.
AppGastro has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes our practice from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.
NOTE: Service animals are permitted in our waiting room and clinic, but not in the endoscopy suite. If your service animal accompanies you to your endoscopy appointment, someone must come with you to sit with them in the waiting room.
Have You Had Your Screening Colonoscopy Yet?
We encourage everyone to get screened if they are age 50 and over. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer, also referred to as colon cancer, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country.
Your First Visit
Your first visit is only a consultation, so there is no preparation required. Any tests or procedures you need will be scheduled for another day.
Please remember to bring with you:
- your current, valid insurance card(s),
- a government-issued photo identification (driver’s license or passport, etc.)
- your current medications (an accurate list or the bottles),
- your Primary Care provider’s name, address and telephone number.
Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you. It will also help alleviate any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling prior to your first appointment. If you have had any recent lab work, imaging or procedures done that relate to your current condition, please make sure that we get a copy of them. We look forward to your first visit.
Insurance and Billing
Please contact your insurance carrier to find out if we are a part of their network. Qualifications for insurance coverage may differ due to the uniqueness of each office visit or procedure. As a courtesy, we are happy to file your insurance claim. If you do not have insurance coverage or if we are not part of your insurance carrier’s network, you will be asked to pay for your visit at time of check in.
If you have questions concerning your insurance benefits for a Colonoscopy, feel free to print and follow this guide when you contact your insurance representative.
If you have had a colonoscopy in the past, you probably dread the idea of drinking that awful gallon of prep. The good news is that big improvements have been made in colonoscopy preparations in the last few years. It is still not fun, but it is much less to drink and significantly less unpleasant than it used to be.
The Colon prep that we most commonly prescribe is called Su-Prep.
As a colonoscopy patient – the experience has always been professional, caring, and knowledgeable. I have had three colonoscopies due to a family history of colon cancer. The prep is minor compared to the threat of cancer that I could face!
I am grateful to have had a gastroenterologist who performed a complete and thorough exam and was also willing to spend a great deal of extra time obtaining biopsies of a very difficult polyp.
I had a wonderful experience with Dr Trate and his staff. They were all extremely kind and caring. I was able to make an appointment quickly. I felt like I was in great hands!
If you would like to speak to someone about our services, please let us know!
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