What is a colonoscopy?
During a colonoscopy, your doctor checks for abnormalities in your rectum and large intestine. They’ll use a colonoscope, a thin, flexible tube that has a light and camera attached. A light anesthetic is used so that your comfortable during the procedure.
During a colonoscopy, your doctor may also take tissue samples for biopsy or remove abnormal tissue such as polyps.
Why is a colonoscopy performed?
- early detection of colon and rectal cancer
- explore the cause of unexplained changes in bowel habits or weight loss
- evaluate symptoms of abdominal pain or bleeding
How often should a colonoscopy be performed?
The American College of Physicians recommends a colonoscopy once every 10 years for people, beginning at age 50. Patients at higher risk may require colonoscopy more frequently or at an earlier age.
Patients are asked to cleanse their colon prior to colonoscopy by ingesting a liquid and/or tablets. You will be instructed specifically how to perform your "bowel prep".
Call our office to schedule a consultation for your colonoscopy 303-388-2922