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The purpose of a colonoscopy is trifold - diagnostic, preventative and interventional. A colonoscopy gets to the bottom of troublesome gastrointestinal symptoms, screens for diseases of the colon and removes precancerous lesions. If necessary, small biopsies may be taken and sent to pathology. These procedures:
Men and women of “average risk,” who do not have any family history of cancer, should get periodic screening tests, such as a colonoscopy to detect any abnormalities. You should talk to your primary care doctor about scheduling a colonoscopy if you meet the following criteria:
*Due to recent changes in screening recommendations, please consult your insurance provider to confirm coverage if you are under the age of 50.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, Memorial Hermann recommends visiting a doctor to find the cause and receive treatment, if necessary:
Since colonoscopies are visual in nature, it's essential that patients comply with pre-procedure prep. This involves a liquid diet the day before the test, followed by a prescription laxative and/or bowel cleanse.Frequently Asked Questions
Upon registration, you will be taken to a pre-op bay, where a nurse will take your vital signs and start an intravenous line. In the procedure room, you will be positioned comfortably on your left side. You will be administered a sedative or light anesthetic. An endoscope is then inserted through the anus. The physician maneuvers the endoscope through the twists and turns of the colon. The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes.
Upon awaking in a recovery bay, you won't have any recollection of the procedure and might feel a little 'foggy' from the sedation/anesthesia. Since the procedure often requires the doctor to inflate the colon with air, you may experience mild stomach cramps and the need to pass gas.
It's mandatory that a companion be available to drive you home. Preliminary results may be discussed, and if necessary, a follow-up appointment with any physician on Memorial Herman's multi-disciplinary team may be scheduled.
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