What Is a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor at Peak Gastroenterology Associates to examine the inside of your rectum and colon. To perform this examination, your doctor uses a colonoscope, which is a narrow, flexible tube outfitted with lighting and a video camera. After inserting the colonoscope through your rectum, your doctor gently advances the scope to the end of your large intestine and slowly withdraws it. As the colonoscope travels through the intestine, it sends a magnified view of the intestinal lining to a monitor, allowing your doctor to identify and treat problems. Colonoscopies are often performed to screen for colon cancer and to find the cause of symptoms, such as rectal bleeding, persistent diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.

What Should I Expect During a Colonoscopy?

Your colon must be cleaned so your Peak Gastroenterology Associates doctor can see the intestinal wall and identify problems. Before your colonoscopy, you’ll receive instructions about how to cleanse your colon, a procedure that typically includes a liquid diet and laxatives. On the day of your colonoscopy, you’ll receive sedation before your procedure. Some patients sleep, while others stay awake but are very relaxed and comfortable. Your doctor inflates the colon by gently pumping air and sterile water through the scope into the colon, then performs the colonoscopy.

A colonoscopy typically takes 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of polyps that need to be removed and any other problems that may need attention. You can go home after the medication wears off, which takes about an hour. To schedule a colonoscopy today, call Peak Gastroenterology Associates or use the online booking feature.

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