A colonoscopy reveals the reason for your abdominal pain and other digestive symptoms. The procedure is also the gold standard for colon cancer screening. The board-certified physicians at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc have extensive experience performing colonoscopies and a high success rate for detecting diseases and removing polyps. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office today. The four offices are located in La Porte and Plymouth, Indiana, and on Generations Drive and in The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street in South Bend, Indiana.
A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to examine the inside of your colon (large intestine). Your provider uses a long, thin, flexible device (colonoscope) that they gently guide through your colon.
The scope has lighting and a high-definition video camera that transmits images to a monitor. Your provider uses the magnified image to examine the colon walls and diagnose and treat any problems.
Your experienced gastroenterologist at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc performs a colonoscopy for two reasons:
You may need a colonoscopy to diagnose the cause of symptoms such as:
During a diagnostic colonoscopy, your provider may identify conditions such as diverticulitis, colon blockages, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Colon cancer begins in polyps that grow in the colon wall. When you have a screening colonoscopy, your provider finds and removes polyps, effectively preventing colon cancer. The procedure also cures the disease as long as the cancer hasn't spread beyond the polyp.
Your colon must be clean for your provider to see and examine the walls. You receive detailed instructions for cleansing your bowel. However, it usually involves taking laxatives and avoiding solid foods a day or two before your procedure.
You can't eat or drink on the day of your procedure. To prevent dehydration, you should drink clear, fat-free broth, gelatin, or strained fruit juice the day before.
You receive intravenous sedation shortly before your procedure, allowing you to relax and eliminating potential discomfort. During the procedure, you lie on your side while your provider inserts the colonoscope and guides it through your colon.
The procedure typically takes 30 minutes, then you relax in the recovery area while your sedation wears off. Before going home, your provider talks with you about the procedure and the immediate results.
If they remove polyps, the tissues go to the lab where a technician views them under a microscope. After they finish, you learn if any of the polyps had cancerous cells.
If you have questions or need to schedule a colonoscopy, call Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc, to book an appointment today.