A colonoscopy is an endoscopic procedure investigating the colon (large intestine) for evaluation of lower gastrointestinal symptoms including bleeding, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits or anemia. It is also the most reliable preventative exam to screen for colon cancer.
The procedure allows a physician to look inside the entire large intestine by inserting a small flexible endoscopic tube (colonoscope) into the rectum and gently pushing it through the large intestine. The procedure is done with sedation which keeps a patient very comfortable during the procedure. During the procedure, the physician can visualize the inside of the large intestine on a high definition screen. Biopsies, removal of polyps and control of bleeding lesions can be safely done through the colonoscope during this procedure.
What To Expect
During the procedure, everything will be done to ensure your comfort. After the initial history and physical questionnaire, you will change into a procedure gown, and an intravenous (IV) line will be administered to sedate you during the procedure. Our centers employ Certified Nurse Anesthetists working together with our physicians to provide sedation with utmost concern for your comfort and safety. You will be monitored closely during the procedure using state of the art technology. Once you are fully asleep, your doctor will proceed with the exam.
After your colonoscopy is complete you will be cared for in a recovery area until the effects of the sedation have worn off. Your doctor will give you the results of your colonoscopy and provide any additional information you may request.
You’ll also be given discharge instructions regarding how soon you can eat and drink, plus other guidelines for resuming your normal routine.
The success of the colonoscopy depends on the quality of the preparation. This requires both the experience and dedication of our staff to explain the preparation, as well as our patients’ commitment to following the preparation instructions. One of the best ways to ensure a successful colonoscopy is to strictly follow your doctor’s instructions and to contact us if you have any questions at all. Depending on your medical history, your doctor will prescribe one of several colonoscopy preparations.