If you have abdominal pain or chronic diarrhea, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to determine the cause of your symptoms. You also need a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer, which can be prevented when polyps are found and removed early. The physicians at Clifton Surgery Center have the expertise you can count on when you need a colonoscopy. If you have questions about getting a colonoscopy or need to schedule a procedure call the office in Clifton, New Jersey.
A colonoscopy is a procedure to examine the inside walls of your rectum and colon using a colonoscope, a thin flexible tube containing lighting and a camera.
You may need a colonoscopy to screen for polyps and colon cancer or to find the cause of symptoms such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea, or constipation.
If your surgeon discovers problems during a colonoscopy, they insert specialized surgical instruments through the colonoscope to perform any of the following:
Colon cancer begins as a noncancerous polyp that grows on the wall of your colon or rectum. Early identification and removal of polyps can prevent colon cancer.
Current recommendations say that most men and women should get a colonoscopy at the age of 50. Recent studies, however, suggest that colon cancer screening should begin at 45, either through a stool test or a colonoscopy.
Your doctor may also recommend earlier screening if you’re at a higher risk for colon cancer due to:
Men and women who are overweight are also at an increased risk of colon cancer.
Your surgeon at Clifton Surgery Center must be able to see the wall of your colon, so you’ll receive instructions for a bowel cleanse. You’ll go on a clear liquid diet prior to your procedure. You’ll also follow a precise regimen that includes laxatives and possibly an enema.
Before your procedure, you’ll learn about options to ensure your comfort during the colonoscopy such as intravenous sedation, pain pills, or anesthesia.
Your surgeon guides the colonoscope through your rectum and into the colon, examining the lining as the scope advances up to the small intestine.
After reaching the small intestine, the colonoscope is slowly withdrawn, giving your surgeon a second chance to examine and treat your colon.
Colonoscopies typically take 30-60 minutes, depending on the number of polyps or problems found during the procedure. When it’s over, you’ll stay in recovery until your anesthesia wears off and then you can go home.
When you need a colonoscopy, you can rely on the experienced team at Clifton Surgery Center. Call to schedule an appointment.