Find out why everyone over the age of 50 should get a routine colonoscopy.
No matter whether one of our Troy, MI, gastroenterologists have just told you that you need to get a colonoscopy or someone you know is undergoing this procedure, it’s natural to want to learn more about it, why it’s performed and what to expect. We want to keep our patients informed about the treatments and procedures they undergo here at Gastrointestinal Specialists. Here’s what you should know about colonoscopies,
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic and screening tool that allows us to thoroughly examine the colon and lower digestive tract. During a colonoscopy, a thin flexible tube, known as an endoscope, is inserted into the rectum. At the end of the endoscope is a camera, which allows our Troy, MI, gastroenterologist to be able to check the lining and health of the lower gastrointestinal tract to look for warning signs of colorectal cancer and other conditions.
Why is a colonoscopy performed?
Men and women over the age of 50 should start getting routine colonoscopies, even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms because this is the best screening tool for colorectal cancer. Even if you don’t have risk factors for cancer, it’s still important that you get screened. If results come back normal, then it’s likely that you won’t have to get a repeat colonoscopy for another 10 years.
Of course, if you are dealing with any changes in bowel movements, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or other symptoms that may be indicative of irritable bowel disorder, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease, then we may recommend getting a colonoscopy to determine the source of your symptoms.
How do I prep for a colonoscopy?
Your colon will need to be completely clear in order for us to perform a colonoscopy and to get the results we need. Therefore, we will provide you with specific instructions on food and drink prior to your colonoscopy. You will need to avoid solid foods for a day before your colonoscopy. We will also give you a colonoscopy prep for you to drink, and this prep will clean out the colon. On the day of the colonoscopy, you should avoid all food but you may drink water or consume other liquids beforehand.
What should I expect from the procedure?
A colonoscopy is a fairly quick procedure, usually taking around 20-30 minutes. If our Troy, MI, GI doctor does find polyps, we will remove them during your colonoscopy, which can lengthen the procedure. During the colonoscopy, you will be under the effects of conscious sedation, which means that you will be able to respond to the doctor if necessary, but you won’t remember the procedure or feel any discomfort.
Is it time to schedule your first routine colonoscopy? Dealing with abdominal discomfort, bleeding, or other gastrointestinal problems? If so, call (248) 273-9930 to schedule an appointment at Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI, today!