A colonoscopy is a diagnostic tool that may provide answers to explain your gastrointestinal symptoms. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, with two locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, perform colonoscopy procedures to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal conditions, as well as screen for colon cancer. To learn more about colonoscopies, contact the office nearest you by phone or online today.
A colonoscopy is a procedure the team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC uses to see the inside of your colon and rectum. A colonoscopy detects inflamed tissue, ulcers, and abnormal growths.
Your provider at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC may recommend a colonoscopy to look for early signs of colon cancer or help diagnose unexplained changes in your bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, or weight loss.
The team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC provides written instructions on how to prepare for a colonoscopy. The process is called bowel prep.
The purpose of your bowel prep is to empty your gastrointestinal tract of stool and debris. Your gastroenterologist may request you follow a clear liquid diet one day before the procedure and take a laxative the night before your colonoscopy.
You may also need to modify your medication schedule. Because you can’t drive after a colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist also requests you arrange to have someone drive you home from the procedure.
During a colonoscopy, you lie on your side on an exam table. Your gastroenterologist provides a sedative to help you relax and minimize your discomfort.
Once properly sedated, your gastroenterologist inserts a long, flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope into the anus and slowly guides it through the rectum and into your colon.
A small camera on the scope transmits a video image from the inside of your large intestine to a computer screen, allowing your doctor to carefully examine the intestinal lining.
During the colonoscopy, your doctor may remove colon polyps, which are benign growths that may increase your risk of colon cancer, and take biopsies of any abnormal tissue.
The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes.
After the colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist sends you to the recovery area until the sedative wears off, which may take one to two hours and then sends you home. Full recovery from a colonoscopy takes up to 24 hours.
Your gastroenterologist reviews the preliminary findings of your colonoscopy while you’re in the recovery area. You may need a follow-up appointment to review biopsy results.
To schedule your colonoscopy, contact Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC by phone or online today.