A colonoscopy is a diagnostic test that looks for diseases and abnormalities in your large intestine. It’s also the “gold standard” screening tool for colorectal (colon) cancer. GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, in Baytown, North Loop, Houston, and Humble, Texas, is a state-of-the-art gastroenterology practice. The experienced team performs many diagnostic tests to find the root cause of a gastrointestinal condition, including the colonoscopy. For patient-centered gastrointestinal care, call the office most convenient to you or schedule a consultation using the online booking button today.
A colonoscopy is a diagnostic exam that evaluates the lining of the large intestine. During the exam, your gastroenterologist inserts a colonoscope in your anus and advances it through your large intestine.
The colonoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera that transmit images of your large intestine to a computer monitor. That allows your gastroenterologist to evaluate the tissue and look for growths and other abnormalities.
Your gastroenterologist at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, explains why you need a colonoscopy during your gastrointestinal consultation. The team may recommend the test to find the root cause of your abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation.
The colonoscopy also helps your gastroenterologist confirm or rule out various conditions that affect the large intestine, including colon polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The colonoscopy is also the “gold standard” screening tool for colon cancer. All adults between the ages of 45 and 75 benefit from colon cancer screening.
The GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, team provides detailed instructions on how to prepare for your colonoscopy. Known as bowel prep, the guidelines include diet modification and a prescription laxative.
The purpose of the bowel prep is to remove all waste and debris from your colon so your gastroenterologist can examine the tissue with ease. Failure to properly prepare for your colonoscopy may affect your results, and you may need to reschedule your diagnostic test.
The colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour. To ease pain and help you relax, your gastroenterologist provides a sedative before starting the test.
Then, while you lie on your side, your gastroenterologist inserts the colonoscope into your anus and slowly advances it through the entire length of your large intestine. During the exam, your gastroenterologist looks for abnormal tissue, taking samples as needed.
After your colonoscopy, you go to the recovery area, and your gastroenterologist reviews the initial findings with you. You need to have someone drive you home after your colonoscopy and take it easy the rest of the day.
To schedule your colonoscopy with the experts at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today.