You may have some misgivings after being told you need a colonoscopy, but this painless test provides valuable information about your digestive health. The experienced team at Colorado Gastroenterology, with offices in Denver, Aurora, and Golden, provide colonoscopies at their dedicated endoscopy offices, which includes the Denver Endoscopy Center in Lowry and the Denver West Endoscopy Center in Golden. Your gastroenterology specialist uses the colonoscopy to screen, diagnose, or treat conditions that affect the colon. To schedule your colonoscopy, call the office today.
A colonoscopy is a procedure in which a colonoscope - a thin, flexible camera - is inserted into your rectum and colon so your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology can evaluate the organ.
You may need a colonoscopy if your doctor has concerns about various symptoms you’re experiencing. Symptoms that may warrant a colonoscopy include:
A colonoscopy is also a screening tool for colon cancer and polyps. You should start colon cancer screening by age 50.
Your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology provides you with specific instructions on how to prepare before your test. In general, you may need to follow a clear liquid diet, which consists of clear juices, broths, and water, for 1-3 days prior to your test. Your specialist may also provide a laxative to assist in the cleaning out process.
It’s important that you follow the bowel prep as directed so your specialist can get the best imaging possible. Otherwise, your test may need rescheduling.
Your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology performs your colonoscopy at the dedicated endoscopy office, which takes 30 to 60 minutes. To ease any discomfort, you receive sedation.
Once you’re comfortable and lying on your side, your specialist inserts the colonoscope through your anus and into your rectum and colon. Through the scope, your specialist is able to insert air into your colon to improve visibility as it moves through your large intestines.
Once the scope reaches the opening of your small intestines, your specialist slowly removes it, taking another look at your digestive tissue.
If your specialist finds any polyps during your colonoscopy, they may be removed and tested for abnormalities. Polyps are common, and most are harmless. However, colon cancer usually starts as a polyp.
Due to the sedation, you may need to spend an additional 1-2 hours in the recovery area after your colonoscopy, and you will need to arrange a ride home. You may experience some cramping and gas after your colonoscopy, but you should be fully recovered and back to your regular diet the next day.
To schedule your colonoscopy, call Colorado Gastroenterology today.