A safe, outpatient procedure that examines the colon, or large intestine.
A colonoscopy is a an exam used to look for changes – such as swollen, irritated tissues, polyps or cancer – in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Colonoscopy remains a top-tier test for colon cancer screening and is considered the “gold standard” by many.
The procedure itself takes approximately 15-30 minutes. The colon is approximately five to six feet in length and has numerous functions. This procedure aids doctors in diagnosing cancer, polyps, colitis and other serious disorders. One of the primary benefits of colonoscopy is the ability to not only detect pre-cancerous colon polyps but also to prevent colon cancer by removing these polyps during the exam. The timing of your next colonoscopy is then determined by the size, number, and type of polyp removed, if any. Tissue samples (biopsies) can be taken during a colonoscopy as well.
**the above information comes from the following website: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/colonoscopy/about/pac-20393569
You will receive instructions on how to clean and empty the colon. This generally consists of a special solution, laxatives or enemas followed by a clear liquid diet until the colonoscopy is performed. Your colonoscopy prep is very important. Without a good prep (with your bowel empty and clean), your gastroenterologist will not be able to see your colon clearly. Click here for prep information.
You will receive a mild sedative to reduce discomfort. A colonoscope is gently passed through the anus and into the colon, allowing the doctor to view images on a monitor. Other procedures, such as a biopsy and removing polyps, can be performed during a colonoscopy, if necessary. Providers can potentially find precancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer.
You may experience slight cramping in your abdomen. This will generally subside within an hour. Your colonoscopy results are immediate; however, allow up to two weeks for biopsy and pathology results.
Bullion only (NO broths)
Jell-O, Popsicles (NO red or blue)
Coffee (Black or with sugar only. NO dairy or artificial creamers), tea, apple juice, white grape juice, Gatorade (NO red or blue)
Coke, Pepsi, 7-Up, Sprite, Ginger Ale
An adult driver (age 18 or older) must accompany you. Your driver must remain in the facility or your procedure may be rescheduled.
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