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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I start getting screened for colon cancer?

The American Cancer Society recommends that both men and women start screening at age 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer, you should begin earlier.

What are the credentials of the physicians who perform procedures at the center?

All of the physicians who use our center are Board Certified in Gastroenterology.

My physician has scheduled an appointment at Michiana Endoscopy Center. What can I expect to happen now?

At least a week prior to your appointment, you will receive a packet of registration information, prep instructions, pharmacy requirements and procedure information. A few days prior to the procedure, a nurse from Michiana Endoscopy Center will contact you to explain or clarify prep instructions, procedure questions and appointment times. If you have any questions or concerns, nurses are available for questions between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

How do I cancel or reschedule my procedure time at the center?

All procedures are scheduled through the physician offices. If you need to make a change to a scheduled appointment, please contact Michiana Gastroenterology at 574-234-0049. A 72-hour notice is requested on all appointment changes.

Do I need my insurance card and billing information?

Yes. Michiana Endoscopy Center will file your insurance claim with your health plan. We cannot guarantee the amount your insurance company will pay, so it is always a good idea to call them and verify your coverage.

How long will I be at the Center?

You should plan to be at the center approximately two to three hours.

Do I have to drink the entire amount of preparation solution?

Yes. The colon must be completely clean for the clearest and most accurate views possible. Please follow the directions from the office to get the best results possible. The preparation is better chilled and it might be easier drinking it from a straw.

What are clear liquids?

A clear liquid is any drink you can see through. Clear liquids include:

  • Apple juice
  • Water
  • Clear broth or bouillon (vegetable, chicken, beef)
  • Coffee or tea (no milk or nondairy creamer)
  • Soft drinks or Gatorade (no red or purple)
  • Plain jello (no fruit or toppings or red or purple)
  • Popsicles (ice, no red or purple)

Can I take my medications the day of the procedure?

Generally, blood thinning medication is discontinued several days before your procedure. This should be approved by your prescribing doctor. Arthritis/pain medication containing Aspirin and iron should be discontinued four to seven days before a procedure.

Will the procedure be painful?

Patients are given a mild sedative to achieve what is called “moderate sedation.” Many patients fall asleep during their procedure, and most patients don’t remember the experience.

Why do I need a driver for my procedure appointment?

You will feel the effects of the sedation after your procedure. You should not drive, operate machinery, drink alcoholic beverages or make any important decisions until the following day. A family member or friend needs to stay with you at the center and drive you home after your procedure.

When will I know the results of my procedure?

The results of your procedure are immediate. When you awake from your sedation, the doctor will discuss any results with you and your companion. You will also get a written explanation of any findings. You will be able to ask questions at this time. If any lab tests or biopsies were taken, the physician will contact you with the results as soon as they are available.

How soon can I return to work after my procedure?

Most patients will return to work the next day.

How soon will I be able to eat or drink after my procedure?

You may eat and drink immediately after the procedure. You will be offered a beverage in the recovery room. When you are home, you may resume your regular eating habits.