Helpful Information for Your Colon Screening
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, but highly treatable if detected early. If you’re over 45, talk to your doctor about this life-saving procedure, performed using a small camera and a scope to examine your large intestine (or colon).
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is an exam used to look for changes, such as swollen, irritated tissues, polyps or cancer, in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. This outpatient procedure (where you don't need to stay overnight in the hospital) will last approximately 30 to 60 minutes and you will be given anesthesia during the procedure.
How Do I Prepare for a Colonoscopy?
To prepare for the colonoscopy, the colon and rectum must be empty and clean so you doctor can see the entire inner lining during the test. Please click on the links below for colonoscopy prep instructions:
What Happens After a Colonoscopy?
After your colonoscopy, you will stay in a recovery room for about 30 minutes. During this time, you may feel some cramping or a gassy sensation but this usually passes quickly. Your gastroenterologist will give you discharge instructions before you leave.