Screening for Colorectal Cancer, Ulcers & More
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure where a tiny camera is used to
look inside the rectum and colon. Colorectal cancer is the number two
leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the U.S. combined,
according to the Colorectal Cancer Coalition. Men and women should have
a colonoscopy or some form of colon cancer screening after the age of
50. Testing is then recommended every ten years.
A colonoscopy can help your doctor identify:
- Colorectal cancer
- Inflamed tissue
- Other unexplained symptoms.
Preparing for the Test
For an accurate screening you will need to clean your colon. This requires
one or two days of avoiding solid foods, drinking clear fluids, and taking
special medication. Your doctor will go over some steps you can take to
ensure you are ready for the test.
The test takes place at your doctor’s office or a hospital. You will
be administered a mild sedative to help you relax—you will remain
conscious during the test. The doctor will insert the colonoscope into
the colon and examine the inside. The doctor may take tissue samples and
remove strange growths found during the test with small tools. Thanks
to the sedative, you likely will not feel anything as this is done.
The test lasts about 45 minutes, and, barring unforeseen circumstances,
you should be permitted to return home an hour or two after it is over.
Avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water while recovering. It is unsafe
for you to drive for 24 hours after taking a sedative, so have someone
ready to drive you home.
Receive Your Test at Kirby Medical Center
Specialists at Kirby Medical Center are highly qualified and certified
to perform your colonoscopy at our facility. We offer a full range of
consultative and diagnostic services. It is our goal to ensure each patient
is fully prepared for their procedure, comfortable throughout the process
and educated on their condition.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for your colonoscopy,
call Kirby Medical Group at 217-762-6241.