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A colonoscopy procedure is an important and effective diagnostic and treatment tool that has many benefits and understanding it better can help you determine that it is the best option for you. Learn more about colonoscopy and why your doctor may recommend it with Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a procedure which can serve as a screening for colon cancer, be used to investigate symptoms, or even take biopsies or remove issues like polyps. The procedure itself uses a long, thin, hollow tube with a camera attached to the end. The tube, called a colonoscope, is flexible and about the width of a finger. The camera allows your doctor to visually inspect your lower digestive tract and insert specialized instruments to perform treatments.
Why is colonoscopy recommended?
Your doctor may recommend colonoscopy if you are over the age of 50 as part of a preventative care routine. After 50, those with an average risk of colon cancer should have a colonoscopy once every 10 years. However, your doctor may also suggest colonoscopy in the case of:
- bloody stool
- bleeding from the rectum
- unexplained changes in bowel habits
- unexplained abdominal pain
- pus or mucus in the stool
If you think you could benefit from a colonoscopy, you should consult with your gastroenterologist to ensure that this is the best treatment for you.
Colonoscopy Treatments in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV
If your doctor recommends a colonoscopy, you will need to prepare by performing several steps prior to your treatment. Your doctor will prescribe a regimen of laxatives or enemas to cleanse your bowel and help prepare your body for your treatment. You will also need to fast for 24 hours before your colonoscopy.
For more information on colonoscopy, please contact your gastroenterologist at Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Call (702) 483-4483 to schedule your appointment in Las Vegas or (702) 483-4483 to schedule your appointment in Henderson today!
Do you need a colonoscopy? This procedure, performed by the gastroenterologists here at Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV, provides valuable information on your digestive health and help you avoid the potentially deadly effects of colon cancer.
When a colonoscopy can be helpful
Your Henderson or Las Vegas gastroenterologist may recommend a colonoscopy if:
- You turned 45 recently: Your risk of developing colon cancer increases as you grow older. Since colon cancer doesn't usually produce any symptoms until it's fairly advanced, it's important to diagnose it in its earliest, most treatable stages—a goal that can be accomplished by with the help of colonoscopies. If your colonoscopy doesn't reveal any issues, you won't need to schedule another procedure for 10 years in most cases.
- You had a pre-cancerous or cancerous polyp or lesion in the past: Colonoscopies may be recommended more frequently if you've had cancer or your gastroenterologist has removed a polyp with pre-cancerous cells in the past.
- You have digestive issues: Colonoscopies are very helpful in narrowing down the cause of a variety of symptoms, including rectal bleeding, chronic constipation/diarrhea, abdominal pain, bowel movement changes, or unexplained weight loss. Some issues, such as bleeding blood vessels, can even be treated during a colonoscopy.
What happens during a colonoscopy?
You'll need to take laxatives to clean out your intestines before you arrive for your colonoscopy. Although the prep process isn't fun, it is essential. After all, without it, your gastroenterologist won't have a clear view of the lining of your intestines.
During your colonoscopy, your doctor inserts a thin, lighted scope into your anus and passes it through your large intestine and into the upper part of your small intestine. The scope contains a tiny camera that transmits digital images to a monitor that your gastroenterologist views during the procedure. Your doctor examines every inch of your intestines for polyps, lesions, or other signs of trouble.
Any polyps discovered during the colonoscopy are removed and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will determine if your polyps are non-cancerous, pre-cancerous or cancerous.
Concerned? Give us a call
Could you benefit from a colonoscopy? Call your gastroenterologists at Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada at (702) 483-4483 today to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in either Henderson or Las Vegas, NV.
A colonoscopy is a medical procedure that allows your gastroenterologist to examine the lining of the colon for signs of cancer, polyps and other gastrointestinal problems. Healthy adults without any family history of colon cancer should schedule a colonoscopy around age 50. Adults with certain medical conditions or a family history of colon cancer may need to have a colonoscopy sooner than that. The gastroenterology experts at Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, can advise you when to schedule your first colonoscopy.
The Colonoscopy Procedure
An instrument called a colonoscope is used to perform the colonoscopy procedure. The colonoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a small video camera on the end. The gastroenterologist gently inserts the colonoscope into the colon through the anus. As the colonoscope is moved up along the colon, the video camera allows the gastroenterologist to examine the colon’s interior and look for suspicious areas. If polyps or other suspicious growths are observed, the colonoscope can be used to remove polyps and extract samples for biopsy.
Who Needs a Colonoscopy?
As mentioned, all healthy adults should have a colonoscopy beginning at age 50. Adult patients of all ages who have chronic gastrointestinal problems due to conditions such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease can undergo several colonoscopies at different ages, beginning as early as the twenties. Your Las Vegas and Henderson gastroenterologists at the Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada can tell you if you need a colonoscopy younger than age 50.
For healthy adults approaching 50 years of age, it is important to schedule your first colonoscopy soon. For adults with a personal or family history of gastrointestinal problems, including colon cancer, be sure to discuss with the doctor when a colonoscopy should be performed. To schedule an appointment with the Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada and your Las Vegas and Henderson, NV Gastroenterologists, call (702) 483-4483.