A colonoscopy is the examination of the large bowel and distal part of the small bowel using an endoscope, which is a tube with a camera that allows us to look for problems. This gives us a visual picture of your large intestine and allows us to look for polyps which may become malignant and become colon cancer if not removed.
When to get this done
Colonoscopy is also a tool to diagnose conditions of the colon such as inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, bleeding conditions and unexplained diarrhea. Screening colonoscopy begins at age 50 for low-risk individuals and earlier for individuals with a family history of colon cancer or a genetic predisposition. Both men and women should have this done.
However, if you are experiencing any problems, you should schedule a diagnostic colonoscopy regardless of your age or how long it has been since your last one. If you have a gastrointestinal hemmorage, any unexplained changes in your bowel habit and any suspicion of a malignancy. If you have Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) or suspect that you do, we can diagnose this through the use of a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is also used in diagnosing diverticulitis.
We will ask that you limit your intake of high-fiber foods for a few days before the procedure and the day before the colonoscopy, you will follow a bowel cleansing regimen to be taken the day before the procedure.
We perform all colonoscopies in either a certified ambulatory center or outpatient hospital site center. We work with highly skilled certified gastroenterology nurses and anesthesiologists.
Give us a call at (860) 826-3880 and make an appointment today if you need to schedule a routine colonoscopy.