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By Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates
January 28, 2015
Category: Gastroenterology

ColonoscopyYou may have many questions when your doctor recommends a colonoscopy. Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County offers some answers.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a minor procedure that allows the doctor to see the entire length of your colon. A flexible, thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end is passed through your rectum throughout your entire colon.

Who should get a colonoscopy?

The American Cancer Society recommends that when you turn fifty, you should have your first screening colonoscopy, then one every ten years after. If at any age you have a change in bowel habits, begin passing blood, or have any other concerning problems, see your doctor. After an examination, your doctor will determine if you need to have a colonoscopy.

Why should I get a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy can help diagnose colon cancer. In the United States, colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed. A colonoscopy can help detect colon cancer early. The sooner colon cancer is found, the chances of survival significantly improve.

Does a colonoscopy cause pain?

You will receive an anesthesia for the procedure called conscious sedation. This will cause you to feel very little to no pain during the procedure.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

Your doctor will give you instructions on how to prepare for your colonoscopy. You will be given instructions to do a bowel prep, an oral laxative solution you drink to clean out you bowels. You will also be given instructions on what kind of diet to follow for the day or two before the procedure. This usually includes clear liquids and fasting. Following these instructions is very important.

How long does a colonoscopy take?

The procedure itself can take anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour. You should plan on being at the facility for two to three hours to allow for preparation prior to the procedure and recovery time afterward.

What happens if something is found?

If the doctor sees an abnormal growth called a polyp, it can be removed immediately. If they see an area of abnormal tissue, they can take a biopsy of it. In both cases, the tissue is sent to pathology to be studied for a diagnosis. Your doctor will inform you of your results.

How can I expect to feel after a colonoscopy?

As you will receive anesthesia during the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. You may be groggy and sleepy for a little while, but you will return to your normal self in a few short hours.

Call Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates Today!

Knowledge is power. The more you know about what is going to happen, the more comfortable you will feel having a colonoscopy! To have more of your questions answered or to schedule a visit, contact Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County at (631) 289-0300 today.

Are you a patient of Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!