A colonoscope is an extremely thin, flexible, endoscopic tool with a lens attached at the end. A colonoscopy in Herrin and Mount Vernon is a procedure that involves inserting a colonoscope with a lighted digital camera into the colon and rectum to diagnose and treat potential colorectal issues. If necessary, the surgeon may use forceps, swabs, and loops through the colonoscope to perform a biopsy or remove polyps from the intestinal wall.
A colonoscopy is the only method for screening the colon or rectum for signs of cancer. It can be done proactively to help you identify signs of cancer at the earliest stage possible, or it can be done to identify the root cause of abdominal pain or diarrhea. Your surgeon may also perform a colonoscopy to identify and remove polyps from the colon and rectum or prevent them from becoming cancerous.
Reasons for a Colonoscopy:
- Detect precancerous polyps
- Detect colorectal cancer
- Diagnose the root cause of abdominal pain or diarrhea
- Diagnose the root cause of bloody or dark stool and rectal bleeding
- Diagnose the root cause of iron deficiencies
- Understand why you’re suffering from unexplained weight loss
- Treat inflammatory bowel disease
- Prevent colorectal cancer
You may feel bloated and pass gas for a few hours after the colonoscopy. You may also experience a little discomfort while waking up. You should eat and drink items that you can easily digest for a few days, such as water, liquid food, and pureed items. If polyps are removed during your colonoscopy, you may need up to a week to recover completely. You should avoid strenuous workouts and heavy lifting during the recovery period.
Ahuja Bariatric & Beyond is a state-of-the-art medical center specializing in laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical procedures. Dr. Ahuja, our medical surgeon, is a fellowship-trained surgeon with thousands of gastrointestinal procedures under his belt. He takes proactive measures to help you remain cancer-free and ensures your comfort at all stages. Please schedule an appointment to learn more about colon cancer surgery and a colonoscopy in Herrin and Mount Vernon.