What is a Colonoscopy?
A Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that examines the rectum, colon & final portion of the small intestine. The procedure itself uses a flexible tube with a tiny camera inserted into the anus. It’s performed under moderate sedation so the patient is comfortable, and can provide visual diagnosis of some conditions as well as the ability to perform biopsies and remove polyps.
Why is it Done?
Colonoscopies are performed to screen for colon cancer, and to evaluate a number of different symptoms, including:
- Abdominal Pain
- Blood in Stool
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- Rectal Bleeding
- Chronic Constipation
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Other Changes in Bowel Habits
Physicians also use a colonoscopy to collect tissue samples from any abnormalities found in the colon, rectum or portions of the small intestine. Physicians can visually diagnose ulcer and fleshy growths on the lining of the colon, also known as polyps, during this procedure. Polyps can actually be removed during a colonoscopy, even polyps that are a few millimeters or less in size. The polyps are then tested to see whether they are cancerous. Bleeding from tiny pockets in the lining of the bowel can also be treated during colonoscopies, by injecting medicine around them, or sealing them by applying heat.
Colonoscopies are recommended every 10 years for people over the age of 50 who have no family history of colon cancer. For people who have a history in their family, a colonoscopy is recommended every 5 years.
When you have a colonoscopy with GI Associates, we perform it at our facilities in Oak Lawn, with the most up-to-date equipment and an expert staff. The ease of using our facilities and our anesthesia practices ensure that our patients are comfortable during the procedure, with a faster recovery time, so you can get back to the things you enjoy.
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