Colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that can identify tissue abnormalities in your rectum and large intestine. It’s among the services available from the team at EAMC-Lanier Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC, and has helped many people in and around Valley, Alabama, detect problems in the early stages and begin customized treatment paths. Call or schedule a visit online at your earliest convenience.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that checks your rectum and large intestine for signs of damage or disease. It’s a powerful tool in diagnosing the source of abdominal pain and other conditions.
This diagnostic technique comes with relatively few risks. That’s why it is a commonly recommended screening procedure for people 45 years old and above.
Colonoscopy is the primary screening tool for colorectal cancer. Doctors also use colonoscopies to check for additional polyps after a previous polyp removal procedure or diagnose rectal bleeding, chronic constipation, abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, and other intestinal problems.
Your colon needs to be fully cleared for a colonoscopy to be as effective as possible. Your doctor will advise you on the steps necessary to clear your colon before your procedure.
You may be asked to refrain from eating solid foods the day before your visit. Clear liquids, like black coffee, tea, broth, and carbonated beverages, are allowed.
You might also be asked to take a laxative or use an enema before your procedure. If you’re currently taking medications, you may need to temporarily stop taking them or adjust your dosages in the timeframe leading up to your colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is far easier to manage than you might think. A sedative prior to the procedure can help you relax, and the entire process takes less than an hour.
After your procedure, it will take around an hour for the effects of the sedative to wear off. Once you’re home, it’s normal to feel bloated or pass gas for a few hours. Your body is simply working to clear the air used to inflate your colon during the procedure.
Some people notice a small amount of blood in their bowel movements after a colonoscopy. As long as there is not much blood and no pain or fever, there is no cause for concern.
If you have additional questions about what to expect during or after a colonoscopy, call EAMC-Lanier Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC, to schedule a consultation. Online booking is also available and allows you to book from home, any time of day or night.