Beverly Hills Colonoscopy Procedures
What Is a Colonoscopy?
Many people shudder at the prospect of having a colonoscopy, but in reality, a colonoscopy is a simple outpatient procedure – and it can save your life. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. One in 20 people will develop colon cancer if they do not have a colonoscopy. If colon cancer is caught early, however, the prognosis for recovery is very good. A colonoscopy is the only method to determine if cancer or precancerous polyps are present in the colon – and it can help prevent colon cancer before it develops by removing precancerous polyps.
How the Examination Works
The colonoscopy is a short, 30-minute examination that allows the doctor to view the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract – or large intestine. While the patient is under sedation, a flexible endoscope is inserted slowly into the anus and through the length of the large intestine. The scope has a light, camera and advanced tools to remove abnormal tissue. These abnormalities, known as colon polyps, are considered pre-cancerous growths and are removed during the procedure to prevent them from progressing to colon cancer. Removed polyps are submitted to the lab for evaluation under a microscope by a trained GI pathologist to determine if they contain any abnormal cells. A colonoscopy can also detect bowel diseases such as bleeding, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.
When Should I Have a Colonoscopy?
Every adult should have a colonoscopy. Your doctor will determine when you should have a colonoscopy and will consider factors like a history of colon cancer in the family, changes in bowel movement habits, bleeding, abdominal pain, blood in the stools or a prior history of colon cancer or precancerous polyps. Head over the FAQs to read common questions and answers about this procedure.
Schedule your appointment with our Beverly Hills Gastroenterologist today by calling (310) 657-4444!