Colonoscopy is an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. During a colonoscopy, a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum.
A tiny video camera at the tip of the tube allows the doctor to view the inside of the entire colon and take pictures for review and can also take biopsies if needed.
Should you receive a colonoscopy from us, our staff will guide you on how to prepare for your procedure.
What is the purpose of Colonoscopy?
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, through routine screening for polyps in the colon, we aim to find intestinal cancers in their early stages. Colonoscopy is the gold-standard for identifying colon cancer and clinically significant polyps that may lead to cancer are taken out at early stage and it can help with cancer prevention in the future
Routine colonoscopy can prevent cancers by removing polyps. It is important to get screened before symptoms arise.
How does it work?
You will lie on your side or back while your doctor slowly advances a flexible tube (colonoscope) through your anus into the large intestine to examine the lining.
Colonoscopy is well-tolerated and rarely causes any pain. You might feel mild pressure, bloating or cramping immediately after the procedure. You will likely receive a sedative to help you relax and better tolerate any discomfort.
How long does it take?
The whole procedure itself usually takes 20 – 40 minutes, although you should plan on two to three hours for waiting, preparation and recovery.
How to prepare?
Preparation Form PDF
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