What is a colonoscopy and why do I need one?

Colonoscopy lets the physician look inside your entire large intestine.
The procedure is used to diagnose the causes of unexplained changes
in bowel habits. It is also used to look for early signs of cancer
in the colon and rectum. Colonoscopy enables the physician to see
inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, ulcers, bleeding and muscle spasms.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

The day prior to your procedure you will have stop eating solid food and
drink only clear liquids. Our office uses a mixture of Dulcolax tablets
and Miralax mixed with Gatorade. This will allow the physician to visualize
the inside of your colon. You can get detailed instructions on our website
(Miralax Prep) or from our office.

What can I expect when I get there?

After you check in with the receptionist, a nurse or technician will bring
you back to your private room. A member of the staff will get your vital
signs and review your health history. An IV will be administered so that
the anesthetist can administer medication so that you will be comfortable
during the procedure.

Your physician will have you lay on your left side on the exam table. The
physician will insert a long flexible, lighted tube into your rectum and
slowly guide it to the end of your colon. If anything abnormal is found,
like a polyp or inflamed tissue, the physician will remove it using tiny
instruments that are passed through the scope. The tissue (biopsy) is then
sent to the lab for testing.

Bleeding and puncture of the colon are possible complications. However,
such complications are uncommon.

After the procedure, you will be wheeled back to your private room. A nurse
will monitor your recovery. You will begin waking up within a few minutes.
You will be able to resume a normal diet as soon as you wake up. Please
enjoy a gourmet coffee or tea from our Bottom's UP Cafe.

You will go home with a copy of your report and your primary care doctor will
receive a copy. You will need to have a driver to get you home. For the rest
of the day, we recommend you rest and relax. You can resume normal activities
the following day.

A Colonoscopy is the best way to prevent colon cancer. It is recommended for
healthy individuals with no family history of colon cancer or colon polyps to
have their first screening colonoscopy at age 50. Colonoscopy may be ordered
sooner if you are having adverse symptoms or have a family history.

We understand that colonoscopy is not a procedure that anyone looks forward
to but we strive to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible.
Please give us a call at 719-632-7101 or contact us through our website to
schedule an appointment.