Is there any way to make the prep for my colonoscopy taste better?
You can try drinking the solution through a straw. You can periodically rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash. Even sucking on hard candy (NOT red or orange) may help with the taste.
Why avoid red liquids?
The red color can persist in the colon and potentially look like blood.
I feel like vomiting and I don't think I can drink any more solution. What do I do?
It is important that you continue to drink the solution in its entirety. Without a clean bowel, the doctor will be unable to complete the examination. If you experience nausea, wait 15 minutes and resume drinking the solution slowly. If you do vomit, wait 45 minutes and begin drinking the solution again. As previously recommended, try sipping the solution through a straw.
I drank a lot of solution and have not had a bowl movement yet. What should I do?
Keep drinking the solution. Most People have a bowel movement after an hour. Some patients may take 2 (two) hours or longer to have a bowel movement.
I am taking the preparation, and am having loose watery stools. Do I need to finish the prep?
Yes. You may have solid stool higher in the colon that needs to be eliminated.
I already have diarrhea. Do I still need to take the prep?
Yes. You must take the prep as directed by your physician. Your colon is approximately 6 feet in length. The entire colon must be emptied for your physician to view your colon clearly.
My bottom is sore. What can I do?
When cleaning the area, avoid rubbing. Gently pat with a wet washcloth or moist baby wipes.
Can I drink alcoholic beverages?
Do not drink any alcohol prior to your procedure, as it may cause dehydration.
Can I brush my teeth?
Can I wear my dentures the day of the procedure?
You may wear your dentures, but will be asked to remove them upon entering the surgery suite.
Can I paint my nails?
Yes. You may paint your nails. It may be removed if it's an ugly color.
Can I have the colonoscopy done during my menstrual cycle?
Yes. The procedure can still be performed. It is preferable that you wear a tampon instead of a pad; however, this is not required.
I don't have a ride home. Can I still come in for my procedure?
It is imperative that you come to your scheduled procedure with a driver. The facility will make no exception to this rule. If you are unable to make your procedure due to this circumstance, please call our office as soon as possible to reschedule at a later date.
What will office visits cost as a “cash pay” patient?
- $ 150.00 for all new patients
- $75.00 for all established patients
- Please be advised that these charges apply only to office visits. Lab work, surgical procedures and radiological examinations are extra.
I have HPN POS for my insurance. Am I able to have my Primary Care Physician send a referral in to use my HMO?
An overflow referral needs to be sent from South West Medical Associates addressed to us in order for you to use your HMO plan.
How soon should I pick up my preparation that was prescribed for my procedure?
The pharmacy will not hold onto the prescription for more than 3 days form when it was written, so the sooner that you pick it up the better.
What if I do not have any of my medical records with me?
If you do not have your medical records, we will attempt to obtain them for you. This will require a signed release from you, but may prolong your stay in the office.
What is my co-pay?
If the office/specialist co-payment is not listed on your insurance card, then please contact your insurance company for more information.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
Any HMO insurance does require a referral in order to be seen in our office. For more information, please contact your insurance company.
What do I bring in for my office visit?
Please bring in your picture ID, insurance card (including guarantor information), list of current medications, pharmacy information (if it is a mail order pharmacy, we will need a local pharmacy as well), any current medical records pertaining to your office visit, Primary Care Physician information (name) and any applicable co-payments.
How do I get a refill on my medication?
Please have your pharmacy send a refill request to our office and allow 48 hrs to complete the request.
How do I find out what my co-payment for my procedure is?
You will need to contact your insurance company for you procedure co-pay. They will let you know what you are responsible for.