What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a life-saving diagnostic procedure intended to diagnose, treat, and prevent colon cancer as well as other diseases of the large intestine. A colonoscopy visually examines the entire large intestine, also known as the colon. The procedure is best performed by a board certified gastroenterologist.
Who needs a Colonoscopy?
Beginning at the age of 50, everyone will need a colonoscopy. However, few people may require a colonoscopy sooner. You need a colonoscopy if:
- You are experiencing symptoms, such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, such as chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation
- You are African American and aged 45 or older
- You have a family history of polyps or colon cancer, you need a colonoscopy when you are aged 10 years younger than the family member when he/she was diagnosed
- You are aged 50 or older, regardless of medical history
- You are a patient who has been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disease or condition that requires a colonoscopy as part of routine check-ups
What is Colonoscopy Prep?
Colonoscopy prep, also commonly referred to as bowel or colon prep, is the colon cleansing regimen required prior to a colonoscopy. There are a variety of colonoscopy prep options. Your prep will be determined by your physician based on factors specific to your case and medical condition.
Review the colonoscopy prep instructions issued by your physician 72 hours or more before your procedure. Most preps begin as many as 36 hours before your scheduled procedure. You should plan to prepare for your colonoscopy at home where you have nearby access to a working bathroom and plenty of privacy. Your diet will need to be modified in addition to consuming the prescribed prep.
Follow prep instructions exactly as detailed by your physician. Failure to follow the prep instructions exactly as indicated may require you to reschedule your procedure. If you have any questions about your colonoscopy prep, please contact your physician immediately to avoid delays in resolving your issue and completing your prep as instructed.
How do I Schedule an Appointment for a Colonoscopy?
If your physician has prescribed a colonoscopy or you are eligible for a screening colonoscopy, you can request an appointment by calling 918-528-4221 or filling out the appointment request form. For patients who need to see a gastroenterologist prior to scheduling their colonoscopy, please contact Adult Gastroenterology Associates at 918-481-4700.