A colonoscopy can be used to detect polyps, cancer, and other abnormalities and reveal valuable insight into your digestive health. The gastroenterologists of Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, provide colonoscopies and strive to make the procedures as safe and effective as possible while minimizing discomfort. You can expect an empathic and experienced medical provider and a personalized treatment plan to follow your colonoscopy. Call or schedule via the web today.
A colonoscopy exam is used to detect abnormalities or changes in your large intestine (colon) and rectum.
During a colonoscopy, your provider inserts a long, flexible tube called a colonoscope into your rectum. A tiny video camera attached to the tip of the tube allows your provider to view the inside of your entire colon.
Your provider might recommend a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer, check for polyps, or to explore the possible causes of your symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and/or chronic constipation.
If you’re over 50 with an average risk of colon cancer, colonoscopies are usually recommended every 10 years. If you have an increased risk of colon cancer, your provider might recommend more frequent testing.
A colonoscopy takes 30-60 minutes.
You wear a gown during your colonoscopy and you’re usually given a sedative. Sometimes you might be given a mild sedative in pill form. In other cases, your sedative is combined with intravenous pain medication to reduce discomfort.
You lay on your side on the exam table, typically with your knees drawn in toward your chest. Your provider gently inserts the colonoscope into your rectum.
The scope is long enough to reach the entire length of your colon and contains a lighted tube that allows your provider to pump carbon dioxide or air into your colon. The carbon dioxide or air inflates your colon and provides a better view of the lining of your colon.
A tiny video camera on the tip of the colonoscope sends images to an external monitor so your provider can examine the inside of your colon.
Your provider can insert instruments through the colonoscope to take tissue samples or remove polyps or other areas of abnormal tissue.
It usually takes you about an hour to start recovering from the sedative. You’ll need to have someone drive you home. Plan to rest for the day.
You might pass gas or feel bloated for a few hours as you clear air from your colon. You might also see a small amount of blood with your first bowel movement after the exam. Your provider usually recommends a special diet to follow in the few days after the procedure.
Be sure to contact your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider if you continue to pass blood with your stool or notice any concerning symptoms.
Your provider reviews the results with you and might recommend further testing or treatment.
You can depend on Illinois Gastroenterology Group for effective colonoscopies and compassionate care. Book online or over the phone today.