Why is Colonoscopy Done?

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.

man after Colonoscopy in Herrin & Mount Vernon

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

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

A colonoscopy is the most effective means of preventing colorectal cancer. Colon cancer can develop and spread without showing symptoms until it has advanced considerably. That’s why colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death. Dr. Ahuja performs a colonoscopy in Herrin and Mount Vernon to identify potential signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, such as polyps on the intestinal wall, making it an essential component of cancer prevention.

Your Colonoscopy Procedure

You might be asked to take a laxative the night before your colonoscopy to ensure your body has eliminated all fecal matter from the colon and rectum. Your surgeon may also recommend a special diet a few days before the procedure. During the colonoscopy procedure, Dr. Ahuja inserts a colonoscope through the anus and rectum to visualize the intestines. If necessary, the surgeon may use special instruments to remove polyps or harvest tissue samples for biopsies.

Colonoscopy Aftercare

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.

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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.

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