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Colonoscopy is one of the few preventive measures that detect and help treat one of the deadliest cancers in the United States. Colon cancer, colorectal cancer and polyps can be diagnosed from this helpful screening and diagnostic process. To learn more about a Colonoscopy (screening and diagnostics), please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.

All persons over the age of 50 should be screened for colon cancer. A colonoscopy is an isolated procedure that helps to identify polyps, which are often the precursor for colon cancer. If a person is at risk for colon cancer, due to family history of the disease, a colonoscopy is recommended at the age of 40.

The colonoscopy procedure is not painful. The non-invasive method is performed through the use of a colonoscope. A colonoscope is a thin, flexible and long instrument that contains a video camera at one end. The scope is gently inserted into the rectum and the camera guided through the colon to reveal any signs of polyps.

If polyps are identified, removal of the pre-cancerous polyps can be carried out during the procedure. A colonoscopy is highly effective because it can diagnose and allow for treatment during a single screening.

The lining of the colon must be clean in order to receive an accurate diagnosis. Preparation for cleaning is typically done the day before the scheduled procedure. It is important that the patient pay close attention to the instructions given by the physician so that a highly effective colonoscopy procedure may take place.

The procedure itself takes approximately 30-60 minutes to be performed. Medications are administered to make you feel comfortable, relaxed and drowsy. You will be asked to lie on your side on the table while the tube is inserted into the colon. Your physician will instruct you to take deep breaths during the procedure to relieve any cramping that may begin. When the colonoscopy is completed the tube is slowly removed while examining the bowel lining.

If an abnormality is detected during the procedure, it can easily be identified and removed. This is one of the greatest benefits of the colonoscopy procedure. In many cases, a colonoscopy can help prevent the need for a major operation later down the road. To learn more about Colonoscopy (screening and diagnostics), please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.