A colonoscopy is performed to investigate intestinal issues, screen for colon cancer or look for polyps. During the procedure you are given a sedative to help relax and a flexible tube with a camera at the tip is inserted into the rectum. The flexible tube is long enough to allow your doctor to view the entire colon. The tube can also be utilized to take tissue samples to remove polyps for further testing.
Preparing for a colonoscopy
When you schedule a colonoscopy with Singaram Gastroenterology you will be given complete instructions on how to prepare for the procedure and what to expect after.
It is important to completely clear out your colon before an exam so that the doctor can have a clear view of your entire colon, this is accomplished by the use of laxatives or an enema kit. You will also be asked not to eat solid food the day before and restrict beverages to clear liquids like water, broths and coffee without milk.
If you take medications we will discuss which, if any, you may need to temporarily stop taking.
Colonoscopy procedures usually take 30 to 60 minutes. Because you may be given a sedative, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your appointment.
For more information about colonoscopy, or to schedule an appointment, please call the office of Singaram Gastroenterology at 605-310-2000.