Colonoscopy - A Diagnostic Procedure
Colonoscopy is a diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedure that examines a patient’s rectum and large intestine. The entire colon is examined using a lighted flexible tube that is inserted into the anus and advanced through the colon to the cecum (junction of the colon and small intestine). This exam is used in the diagnosis of colon cancer, colon polyps, inflammatory bowel diseases (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease), hemorrhoids, diverticulosis and other issues related to the colon.
We recommend that both men and women begin receiving a colonoscopy every 10 years at the age of 50. However, those with a higher risk, such as a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps, may be urged to begin having a colonoscopy from an earlier age and more frequently.
Colonoscopy Prep Instructions
What to Expect Once You Arrive for Colonoscopy
What to Expect After a Colonoscopy