This is a procedure that allows a physician to visually examine the large intestine (colon and rectum), typically while the patient is sedated. Prior to the exam, patients will drink a laxative to clean out their digestive tract. A colonoscope is used, which is a long thin flexible tube with a light and camera at the end. Tools may be passed through the colonoscope to take tissue samples or remove polyps (abnormal growths on the lining of the intestine) before they turn into cancer. Colonoscopy is generally a very safe and routine procedure.

Preparation for a Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, requiring no hospital stay. You will be given sedation during the procedure, so it’s important to bring someone with you who can drive you home afterward. Remember not to take any blood thinning medications, including NSAIDs the day before the procedure.

What to Expect with a Colonoscopy
You will be sedated during your procedure, so you will feel relaxed and sleepy. During a colonoscopy, our gastroenterologist will examined all the different parts of the colon and the lower part of the small intestines in most instances.

The camera allows our gastroenterologist to view the inner lining of your intestines. If our doctor finds abnormal tissue, polyps, or growths, a tissue sample can be taken or the polyp can be removed. The tissue or polyp can be biopsied to detect abnormal or cancerous cells.

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