Our endoscopy unit, where we perform both routine and advanced procedures, offers the latest instruments with high-resolution imaging capabilities. If a colonoscopy suggests that additional intervention is necessary, our gastroenterologists work with a team of radiologists and colon and rectal surgeons to determine the best course of treatment for each patient, regardless of age.
Before the colonoscopy, you will be given instructions on how to prepare and cleanse your colon to make it easy for the physician to see the inside. This usually involves dietary changes and medications. On the day of your exam, you will receive sedation through an IV. Although you will be comfortable and drowsy, you will be awake enough to remain cooperative for the procedure. While the colonoscope is moving through your colon, you might feel some cramping or fullness, or even feel like you need to have a bowel movement. These are all common sensations and rarely cause any pain. Your physician may reposition you or apply pressure to your abdomen in order to maneuver through your colon. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes. Because of the sedation used during the procedure, you will need to have someone drive you home.