Colonoscopy involves insertion of a fiberoptic camera to visualize the inside of the colon. It requires a “clean out” so we can see the lining of the colon and detect polyps and other problems, such as colitis (or inflammation of the colon). Studies have shown this can decrease your risk of death from colon cancer. The procedure is very safe. Typical recommendations are that all adults should have a colonoscopy for screening at age 50 (45 if African American). You may need one earlier if you are having symptoms such as rectal bleeding or depending on your family history.
Visit our national society’s webpage to find out more: http://www.fascrs.org/patients/treatments_and_screenings/colonoscopy/
You can call our office today with questions or to schedule your colonoscopy.