What is a colonoscopy?
An colonoscopy is a procedure during which a special camera (colonoscope) is used to visualize the colon and rectum. It is are to screen for colon diseases, aid with diagnosis or used to treat certain conditions.

Why do I need a colonoscopy?
The indications for colonoscopy include screening for colorectal cancer, rectal bleeding, altered bowel function, significant family of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and occasionally unexplained abdominal pain.

When should I get a colonoscopy?
A screening colonoscopy is a procedure performed to evaluate the colon and rectum for polyps and cancers in people without symptoms. It allows the endoscopist identify polyps early and remove them before they turn to cancer. This leads to both a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and reduction in deaths from colorectal cancer.
In general, everyone of average risk except African Americans should get a screening colonoscopy starting at age 50. African Americans tend to develop polyps earlier and should get their colonoscopy beginning at age 45. Other individuals who should have colonoscopy much earlier include:
a. Patients with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
b. Patients with a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome

Are there risks in getting a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a very safe procedure and generally performed in an outpatient setting. The chances of something wrong occurring during a colonoscopy are very small with fewer than 1% of patients having complications. Potential risks include bleeding, perforation of the colon, sedation medication side effects, and, inability to visualize the entire colon or lesions. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you and recommend ways to reduce the risks such as holding “blood thinning” medications.

How can I schedule a colonoscopy?
At The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates, our specialists are extensively trained in endoscopy of the lower gastrointestinal tract and perform colonoscopies, proctosigmoidoscopies and anoscopies. We also use advanced endoscopic techniques to treat complex colonic polyps.
If you are in need of a colonoscopy, simply call us and schedule a consultation with our board certified colon and rectal surgeon. We will be pleased to be of help.
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  • The Woodlands Office: 920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 330, The Woodlands, TX 77380.