Screening Colonoscopy

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Screening Colonoscopy2019-01-06T14:06:43+00:00

Screening Colonoscopy

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the US but is also one of the most potentially curable cancers if diagnosed at an early stage. A colonoscopy is a test routinely done for the screening of colon cancer.

What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure during which a colonoscope is used to look inside the colon. The colonoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera and a light which the physician uses to examine the colon.

It is a procedure performed by a specially trained physician, a gastroenterologist or surgeon.

Screening Colonoscopy

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the US but is also one of the most potentially curable cancers if diagnosed at an early stage. A colonoscopy is a test routinely done for the screening of colon cancer.

What is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure during which a colonoscope is used to look inside the colon. The colonoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera and a light which the physician uses to examine the colon.

It is a procedure performed by a specially trained physician, a gastroenterologist or surgeon.

Who should have a Colonoscopy?

Men and women starting at age 50 with average risk for developing colorectal cancer should start screening tests such as a colonoscopy. Or for people experiencing the following symptoms:
  • Blood loss
  • Abdominal or rectal pain
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as chronic diarrhea or progressive constipation
  • Abnormalities that may have first been detected by other studies
  • Family history of colon polyps or cancer

What preparation is required?

At the time of scheduling, you will get specific instructions with information on how to prepare, what products to use, and what you can expect. This information breaks down the instructions for each day proceeding the procedure.

What can you expect during a Colonoscopy?

An intravenous line, or IV, is placed to give you medication to make you relaxed and drowsy. The gastroenterologist guides the colonoscope through the colon looking for polyps, signs of bleeding, inflammation or other abnormalities. If the gastroenterologist finds polyps, or small growths inside the colon or rectum, they may be removed during the colonoscopy.

The polyps are then analyzed in a laboratory for signs of cancer. The procedure takes approximately 15 – 30 minutes, however, the time may vary depending in part on what is found during the procedure. You should plan to be on site approximately 60 – 90 minutes with preparation and recovery time.

 What happens after a Colonoscopy?

Afterwards, you will be cared for in a recovery area until most of the effects of the medication have worn off. At this time, your doctor will inform you about the results of your colonoscopy and provide any additional information you need to know. Someone must be present to drive you home because of the medications used during your procedure.

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