A colonoscopy is the most effective way for doctor’s to detect colon cancer. The earlier cancer is detected the better the survival rate. It is recommended that everyone over the age of 45 undergo a colonoscopy. Patients with a family history of colon cancer or polyps, or who have a personal history of polyps or colon cancer should undergo this procedure on a more frequent basis determined my your physician.
Patients are given a mild sedative before the procedure that helps with relaxation. Once the procedure begins, they are given medication that allows them to sleep until the procedure has concluded.
A colonoscope, which is a long tube with a miniature camera at the end, is inserted into the rectum and gently moved through the twists and turns of the colon. Most colonoscopies take less than 30 minutes, unless there is another procedure involved.
Colonoscopies are a safe, simple method of examining the colon. Doctors are able to detect and remove polyps without invasive surgery during the procedure, and perform a biopsy that allows them to diagnose cancer at its earliest stages.
Colonoscopies are painless, but nevertheless, the experience can be intimidating if it is a patient’s first time undergoing the procedure. Our experienced team can help you feel at ease before, during and after your procedure.