To diagnose and screen for conditions that affect the large intestines, a colonoscopy provides the answers to many health concerns. The gastroenterology specialists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group offer colonoscopies at their Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, offices. To schedule your colonoscopy, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that evaluates your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities. Your colon is an important part of your digestive system and assists in the absorption of water and the elimination of waste from your body.
During a colonoscopy, your doctor at Illinois Gastroenterology Group inserts a thin flexible tube equipped with a light and camera through your anus and into your rectum. The tube is slowly advanced through your large intestines so your doctor can examine the tissue for any abnormalities.
Your doctor at Illinois Gastroenterology Group recommends a colonoscopy to determine the cause of gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain, or blood in your stool.
Doctors also use colonoscopies to screen their patients for colon cancer. It’s recommended that anyone 50 and over or anyone with a family history of colon cancer undergo regular colon cancer screenings. Your doctor will advise you on how often you should be screened based on your and your family’s medical history.
Prior to the procedure, your doctor at Illinois Gastroenterology Group does a preliminary exam, which usually includes a review of medication allergies and a check of your heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels. Your doctor also has you sign a consent form for the procedure.
Your doctor provides medication through an intravenous line to help you relax during the procedure. Once the medication has taken effect, your doctor begins the exam.
You might feel some pressure, bloating, or cramping during the colonoscopy. If needed, your doctor can give you pain medication to ease any discomfort.
If your doctor finds any polyps during your colonoscopy, they’re removed and sent to a lab for evaluation. Polyps are abnormal growths that develop on the lining of your small intestine. These growths are usually benign but can become cancerous.
The entire procedure takes 15-60 minutes.
After your colonoscopy, you’re taken to a recovery room for monitoring. Your doctor will review the preliminary results with you and could schedule a follow-up appointment to review the findings in more detail.
You shouldn’t operate a heavy vehicle for up to 12 hours after your colonoscopy so you need to arrange a ride home.
Although a colonoscopy is a safe procedure, you could experience side effects like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and bleeding. If you experience heavy bleeding after a colonoscopy, go to the nearest emergency room.
Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or request an appointment online to schedule your colonoscopy today.