FAQs
Colorectal Cancer Symptoms
 
It is important that anyone at any age who has symptoms of colorectal cancer be fully evaluated with a colonoscopy to rule out cancer. Watching and waiting is not an acceptable option. Remember, colorectal cancer can be present without any symptoms at all.  So, screening is important to finding cancer early, when it is most curable.

Symptoms can include:

  • A change in bowel habits – constipation or diarrhea that lasts more than a couple of weeks.
  • A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely.
  • Bright red or very dark blood in the stool, black stools that may indicate hidden blood.
  • Stools that look narrower or thinner than normal.
  • Abdominal discomfort such as frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness or cramps.
  • Weight loss with no known explanation.
  • Constant tiredness or fatigue.
  • Unexplained anemia (low number of red blood cells).
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Please click on a Question below to view answers about colorectal cancer symptoms and treatments offered by Lafayette General Endoscopy Center.

  • How do I make an appointment for an examination at Lafayette General Endoscopy Center?
  • How does getting a colonoscopy keep someone from getting colon cancer?
  • How often does a person need a colonscopy?
  • I have heard some frightening stories about pain during these types of examinations that prevent me from having a colonoscopy. What should I do?
  • I have heartburn a lot. Could this be serious?
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    Billing FAQ's
  • How much will I owe for my procedure?
  • I paid what I was told to pay on the day of the procedure, so why am I getting an additional bill?
  • What if I paid you more than my insurance company said I owed you?
  • Who provides Anesthesia services and what should I excpect?
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    Q: How do I make an appointment for an examination at Lafayette General Endoscopy Center?
    A: You can call the office of our physician partners directly to schedule an appointment – you do not need a referral. To schedule with Dr. Abshire or Dr. Arterburn, the office number is (337) 232-6697. The office number for Dr. Noel is (337) 235-9779.
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    Q: How does getting a colonoscopy keep someone from getting colon cancer?
    A: A colonoscopy allows a physician to examine the lining of your colon. This allows the physician to identify and remove any lesions or growths, called polyps, that grow on the colon walls and can become malignant over time. Removing these growths before they reach this advanced stage prevents colon cancer.
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    Q: How often does a person need a colonscopy?
    A: Recommended guidelines suggest a screening exam at age 50, if you are a person at standard risk for colon cancer. If no polyps or abnormalities are found at that time, your physician will suggest a repeat colonoscopy in 7 - 10 years. If polyps are found, the pathology report on the removed tissue determines your future examination intervals.
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    Q: I have heard some frightening stories about pain during these types of examinations that prevent me from having a colonoscopy. What should I do?
    A: At LGEC, we use the highest quality sedation available for outpatient endoscopy today. This sedation is given to our patients and monitored during their procedure by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist under the direction of an Anesthesiologist – the safest standard of care available in the industry. The patient slowly goes to sleep when the medication is administered through an IV; feels nothing during the procedure; and wakes up in recovery after the exam is over. Our patients report an extremely high satisfaction rate with the sedation they receive at the facility. You do not need to worry about experiencing pain.
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    Q: I have heartburn a lot. Could this be serious?
    A: Heartburn is a signal that acid from the stomach is washing back up into the esophagus. The stomach has thick, muscular walls that can withstand the acid necessary for the digestion of food. The esophagus has thin walls that do not provide this protection against acid. Frequent exposure to acid damages the lining of the esophagus and, over time, can cause a condition called Barrett’s Esophagus. This damage can cause a malignancy in the effected area. It is important to see a physician for medication and diet recommendations, as well as lifestyle changes, to improve this situation. Your physician may also suggest a gastroscope, an examination which allows a visual inspection of the lining of your esophagus and stomach to determine if damage to the esophagus has taken place.  Biopsies of the area may be taken to evaluate the extent of tissue injury. Patients with an established diagnosis of Barrett’s should be followed closely with surveillance biopsies at regular intervals.
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    Billing FAQ's
     
    Q: How much will I owe for my procedure?
    A: Our facility will call your insurance company and get estimated benefits for your procedure. We will then give you an estimated quote of the remaining patient financial responsibility prior to you coming in, either by phone or by mail. In addition to the quoted facility and physician charges, you will receive separate billings for anesthesia services and possible pathology services, if indicated. The anesthesia and pathology services will bill directly from their offices. LGEC requires payment at the time of service. If financial arrangements are requested, they must be established prior to your procedure. We accept the following payment options: cash, check, VISA and MasterCard.
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    Q: I paid what I was told to pay on the day of the procedure, so why am I getting an additional bill?
    A: When we request pre-certification benefits from your insurance company, the quote is given for a basic procedure. Any therapeutic interventions required, such as biopsies, polyp removal, dilations, etc., are additional charges and change the cost of your procedure. Although this will increase the payable amount by your insurance company, it may also increase your payable portion. In that event, you will receive a bill for your remaining balance.

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    Q: What if I paid you more than my insurance company said I owed you?
    A: In the event that your insurance company pays more for your procedure than initially quoted, there may be an overpayment on your account. This money will be refunded to you once all insurance payments have been received and posted. We run refund reports at the end of each month and refund any money due to patients at that time.
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    Q: Who provides Anesthesia services and what should I excpect?
    A: Anesthesia at LGEC is provided by Parish Anesthesia Services. It is likely that two anesthesia providers will be involved in your care; an Anesthesiologist and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Depending on the billing policy set by your insurance carrier, you may see a separate charge for each anesthesia provider, or one charge combining both components.

    Your Anesthesiologist leads this anesthesia care team which monitors and manages your vital body functions during your procedure, and is personally responsible for supervision of all anesthesia services. This doctor is also responsible for managing medical problems that might arise related to the procedure, as well as any chronic medical conditions you may have, such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems. The CRNA is a specially trained anesthesia provider who works under the direction of the Anesthesiologist to ensure your comfort and safety throughout your procedure. A member of your anesthesia care team will be with you throughout your procedure and recovery.

    If you have any questions regarding anesthesia billing, please contact Beth Crowley at (800) 242-1131 extension 4355.

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