A colonoscopy is a test in which your doctor examines your colon and rectum in detail. At GI Consultants in Dover, Delaware, Bhavin Dave, MD, performs colonoscopy both as a cancer screening test and a diagnostic test if you’re having problems like abdominal pain or unexplained weight loss. To get gastroenterology help from experts today, call GI Consultants or book your appointment online.
A colonoscopy is a test in which your GI Consultants gastroenterologist closely examines images of your colon and rectum using a very thin and bendable tube (a colonoscope).
The colonoscope goes in your rectum and moves through your whole colon. The miniature camera at the end of the colonoscope relays images of your colon to your gastroenterologist.
A colonoscopy helps your gastroenterologist diagnose disorders like inflammatory bowel disease. Sometimes, a colonoscopy is a therapeutic treatment in which your gastroenterologist removes polyps or other abnormal tissue. It is also an effective way to screen for colon cancer.
A double-balloon colonoscopy is a specialized procedure that focuses on the small intestine. If previous diagnostic tests, such as radiology imaging, show a potential small intestine problem, your GI Consultants gastroenterologist may recommend a double-balloon colonoscopy to look more closely at the issue.
Your GI Consultants specialist might recommend a colonoscopy in several different situations. If you experience the following issues, a colonoscopy allows your specialist to diagnose the cause:
During the colonoscopy, your GI Consultants specialist can often identify the problem and even treat it on the spot.
A colonoscopy is often part of routine colorectal cancer screenings that begin at age 45. If you have risk factors for colorectal cancer, such as immediate relatives with colorectal polyps or cancer, gastrointestinal disease like inflammatory bowel disease, being overweight, or smoking, your GI Consultants specialist may recommend starting colorectal cancer screening prior to age 45.
Generally, a colonoscopy isn’t uncomfortable. In most cases, you’re under intravenous sedation, so you’ll be drowsy but still breathing on your own.
Often, intravenous sedation has the extra benefit of temporary amnesia surrounding the procedure. Many patients don’t remember anything at all about their colonoscopy.
Your GI Consultants gastroenterologist gives you specific instructions ahead of your colonoscopy. Typically, you’ll need to follow a clear liquid diet for at least a full day before your colonoscopy.
Additionally, you’ll use a laxative starting the day before the procedure. You might also need an enema, based on doctor recommendations. Finally, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home from the colonoscopy since you’ll still be drowsy afterward.
For a colonoscopy performed with care, schedule your appointment at GI Consultants online or by phone today.