Colonoscopy reduces colon cancer risk by nearly one-third and halves the risk of colon cancer death. Desert Valley Gastroenterology offers colonoscopy because it’s the best protective measure against colon cancer and is also a crucial diagnostic and treatment tool for other gastrointestinal conditions. The skilled team of gastroenterologists offers the best patient-driven care with easy access to appointments, so call the Mesa, Arizona office to schedule today!
A colonoscopy evaluates the large intestine, also called the colon or large bowel. During a colonoscopy, a thin tube with a light and miniature camera gathers images from within your large intestine. These images can help doctors detect medical issues.
Doctors can also remove a small tissue sample for lab testing (biopsy). In some cases, colonoscopy is also a treatment procedure. For example, a colon cancer screening can detect precancerous polyps (abnormal cell clusters). Doctors can insert special instruments into the scope and remove the polyps.
The best-known use of colonoscopy is for colon cancer screening. Colon cancer is the third most common non-skin cancer among Americans, but a colonoscopy can help prevent it.
A colonoscopy detects abnormal tissue and polyps that could become cancerous over time and removes them to minimize the risk. Having colonoscopies at the recommended intervals — usually starting at around age 45 — can cut your risk of colon cancer by nearly one-third and reduce your risk of colon cancer death by half.
A colonoscopy is also an effective diagnostic tool if you have unexplained symptoms such as:
During a colonoscopy, the Desert Valley Gastroenterology team can closely examine your large intestine to find the cause of your symptoms. Then, they can diagnose conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulitis.
Desert Valley Gastroenterology provides instructions before your procedure. You must fast before the colonoscopy and use a prescription medication that cleans your colon the night before. A clean colon improves visibility and enhances accuracy during the procedure.
You’ll receive intravenous (IV) sedation before your colonoscopy. It keeps you comfortable during the procedure, but the effects linger for a while, so you can’t drive. Arrange for a driver to accompany you to the procedure and take you home.
A colonoscopy generally takes half an hour. You might feel some bloating or fullness afterward. Relax at home for the rest of the day, and you can usually return to your routine the next day.
You can trust the colonoscopy experts at Desert Valley Gastroenterology for attentive, personalized care. Call the office today.