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Colonscopy Procedure

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Colonoscopy Procedure

The inside of your colon is examined for any abnormalities that may exist. During this procedure, polyps may be safely removed. Typically, this procedure takes 30 to 45 minutes to perform when done by a trained gastroenterologist. The procedure may take longer depending upon the level of intervention that may be required.

During the procedure, a video endoscope will be inserted into the anus. The scope will then be advanced through the inside of the colon to the area called the cecum. The cecum is located just after the fusion of the small intestine and large intestine. Advancement of the scope to the cecum allows the practitioner to examine the entirety of your large intestine (colon). Inspection, removal of polyps, etc. usually occur during withdrawal of the endoscope. The appropriate anesthesia for the procedure will be determined by your physician.

Our goal is to provide you with a comfortable examination. The nurse assisting the physician with the procedure will continuously monitor your heart rate, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure. Therefore, should any difficulties arise, our physician and his team will be aware of the change immediately.

Recovery After A Colonoscopy

After the procedure, our physician will discuss the results with you and your family. In many cases, you will not recall having talked with the physician. This is a natural and understandable event, since some medications used during the procedure will induce a temporary amnesia. After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area where you will be monitored for an additional 30-60 minutes. When you are stable, you will be discharged. Have someone to drive you home after conscious sedation (analgesics) has been administered.

To assist, a written explanation of the procedure and its findings, in lay terms, will be given to you. Recommendations will be made regarding any further testing, treatments or office visits. A summary of the endoscopic record is sent to your referring physician. Thus, you primary care physician will be aware of the procedure, the results, and the gastroenterologist’s recommendations.

Colonoscopy Preparation

An oral laxative solution is given the day before the procedure. This will cleanse the waste from the colon. It is important that the preparation be followed completely. This procedure examines the inside of the colon. Therefore, if fecal matter is retained, or the preparation is inadequate, areas of the colon that are importance for your health may be troublesome to examine. Usually the preparatory agents that are given for this procedure are excellent. If you have specific difficulties with laxatives or the preparations, please inform the physician beforehand so that alternative options can be discussed.

Please make sure that the physician knows well beforehand if you are taking any blood thinners. Specific instructions regarding the preparation are available in the section regarding preparations for procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The facility is small enough you don’t feel like a number and big enough you know they have what they need in case of an emergency. Dr Taormina is easy to talk to and answers all questions. Explains everything well, easy to understand. The group of nurses are also great!

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