The UT Health Tyler Digestive Disease Center conducts life-saving screenings for colon cancer in a state-of-the-art facility offering endoscopic imaging and ultrasonography. Other diagnostic advances include the capsule endoscopy pill camera for examining the small intestine and the Bravo system to assist in diagnosing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A range of other digestive disorders are diagnosed and treated here, such as Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
Our mission includes constant attention to prevention as well as treating existing diseases. We’re staffed by a team of professionals including board-certified gastroenterologists, internists and surgeons who bring training and experience to serve your needs. They are supported by nurses nationally certified in gastroenterology, specially trained registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses and technicians.
Diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:
- Celiac disease
- Colon cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
- Other conditions related to the digestive system
With screenings, often physicians may find illnesses or conditions before symptoms become apparent. Early detection is often an important factor in treating or curing a problem.
Talk to your doctor about screenings that are appropriate for your age and gender.
March is Colorectal Cancer Month
Catch colon cancer early
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, with proper screening, colon and rectal cancer can be prevented. Colorectal cancer often starts in the large intestine (colon and rectum) as a polyp, a small growth on the inner lining of the colon. Symptoms can be nonspecific. Common abdominal ailments or a change in bowel habits are common occurrences, but don’t always mean you have colorectal cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, the recommended age to start regular colorectal screening is 45 unless you have a family history of colorectal cancer or predisposing, inherited syndrome.
Other factors that may contribute to colonic polyps include inflammatory bowel disease, smoking, obesity, drinking alcohol, lack of exercise and eating a diet rich in fats.
A colonoscopy is the best way to detect colorectal cancer. This examines the entire large intestine and detects the presence of polyps that could be or possibly become cancerous. When discovered early, colon cancer is highly treatable, so colonoscopy screening is crucial.
Screening is recommended for patients who have the following symptoms:
- Blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Change in bowel habits or lower abdominal cramping
- Family history of colon cancer and over age 40
- Over age 45 (even without symptoms)
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Call us at 903-747-4737 to schedule your appointment with one of our physicians.
Frequently asked Questions about HOPD Billing
What is a “hospital outpatient department?”
A hospital outpatient department is a facility that is owned and operated by a hospital. It can be located on or off the main grounds of the hospital. What does this mean for patients? Depending on your health insurance, you may or may not have higher out-of-pocket costs when receiving care at our facility.
For example, you may see two separate charges and or receive separate statements, one for professional (physician) services and one for a facility fee. This may or may affect your copayment or deductible, depending on your insurance.
What are facility fees?
Facility fees are indirect costs for services delivered at a hospital outpatient department. Facility fees include, but are not limited to, using a room or space, having access to state-of-the-art medical equipment and advanced technical resources, and the use of supplies. Being a hospital department improves care coordination and allows us to provide a more comprehensive healthcare program for our patients.
What is a typical facility fee charge?
Facility fees are based on the range of services provided and the complexity of care. In some cases, the facility fees may be equal to or greater than the cost of your other charges.
How can I get more information?
If you have additional questions, please call 903-531-8950, or contact your insurance provider.