A Colonoscopy is a test that allows Dr. Sachar to examine the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). We utilize a thin, flexible tube called a Colonoscope to get a close look at the colon.
The Colonoscope is a thin, flexible tube that ranges from 48 in. (122 cm) to 72 in. (183 cm) long. A very small video camera is attached to the Colonoscope, which allows Dr. Sachar to capture images of the large intestine (colon).
Before a Colonoscopy, you will need to clear your colon (colon prep). Colon prep takes 1 to 2 days, depending on which type of prep Dr. Sachar and you choose. It is not unusual for prep for a colonoscopy to be more difficult than the actual test. Please make plans to stay home during your prep time. Frequent bathroom use for bowel movements will be required. The colon prep causes loose, frequent stools and diarrhea to clear out your colon for the test. The colon prep may be uncomfortable and you may feel hungry on a clear liquid diet. If you need to drink a special solution as part of your prep, be sure to have water, clear fruit juices (non-pulpy) or soft drinks to drink after the prep. Avoid drinks that contain red die. It is suggested that you provide a list of items you will be ingesting, for our review, before consumption.
During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected in a procedure called a biopsy. Colonoscopy may also be used to remove abnormal growths, as well as, screen for cancer or precancerous growths in the colon or rectum (polyps). A Colonoscopy can help locate abnormalities, such as:
- Colon polyps
- Areas of inflammation or bleeding
- Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
- Dark or black stools
- Chronic diarrhea
- Cause of iron deficiency anemia
- Cause of sudden, unexplained weight loss
- Abnormal results from a stool test or a barium enema test
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Cause of sudden or chronic stomach pain
- Preparation for Colonoscopy
- OsmoPrep - Procedure Preperation
- PMoviPrep - Procedure Preperation
- Suprep Bowel Prep Kit - Procedure Preperation
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Regular Colonoscopies are recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American College of Gastroenterologists (ACG), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). These groups recommend routine testing for people age 50 and older who may have higher than normal risks for colorectal cancer, as well as, people experiencing symptoms described above.
Our staff is highly committed to ensuring your Colonoscopy is thoroughly performed in a warm, comfortable atmosphere. We take every effort to ensure your complete comfort. Please feel free to address any concerns you have about the procedure. We are happy to answer all of your questions.
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- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
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