Frequently asked questions about Colonoscopies
What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy, an examination of the inside of the colon and rectum. This test can detect ulcers and growths (polyps) inside the colon.
Does a colonoscopy hurt?
Most people don't find these exams painful, although some people have more discomfort than others. Patients are given medicine to make them sleep through a colonoscopy, so they don't feel anything. As with most medical tests, complications are possible. Some can be serious - for instance, bleeding and puncture of the colon - but they're very uncommon.
How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?
Preparing for colonoscopy will make you have to use the bathroom frequently. Your doctor will give you instructions. Read them carefully a few days ahead of time, since you may need to shop for special supplies and get laxatives or enemas from a pharmacy. You usually start your preparation a day or two before the actual test, and you may need to change your plans for the preparation day. You'll need to be near a bathroom as soon as you start the laxatives. If any of the instructions are not clear or you do not understand them, call the doctor's office and go over them step by step with the nurse.
How will I feel after a colonoscopy?
Most people will feel okay after a colonoscopy. They may feel a bit woozy from the drugs (anesthesia). They'll be watched as they wake up. They may have some gas because of the air that was pumped into the bowel, which can cause cramping and discomfort. Because of the medicines given for the test, you will need someone to take you home from the procedure.
Why is it important to have a colonoscopy?
Colorectal cancer screening helps saves lives. Regular colorectal cancer testing is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer or finding it early, when it's easier to treat. Speak with your healthcare provider about when and how often you should be screened.
Frequently asked questions about Endoscopy
What is endoscopy?
In endoscopy, a minimally invasive technique, a physician uses an endoscope. An endoscope is a flexible tube composed of fiber optics, microchips, and intricate mechanisms that is used by a specially trained physician to internally examine the digestive or respiratory tract. Endoscopy allows the physician to obtain tissue samples, diagnose, and even provide therapeutic treatment. Due to its minimally invasive nature, patient usually recover quickly from endoscopy.
Endoscopy capsule procedures allow physicians to successfully view the entire small intestine a portion of the digestive tract that is difficult, if not impossible, to see with traditional endoscopy procedures and X-rays. The capsule, which is about the size of a large vitamin, is equipped with a high-tech miniature video camera. As the capsule travels from the mouth through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon), the capsule's camera takes two pictures very second and transmits these images to a recording device attached to the patient. These images are downloaded onto a computer and can be viewed frame-by-frame by our specialists to detect exact locations of intestinal bleeding or diagnose a variety of small bowel ailments, small bowel tumors, or Crohn's Disease. With the Endoscopy Capsule, the patient can go about their daily routine, while the device travels through the gastrointestinal tract producing images of the small intestine. In about a day, patients naturally expel the capsule.
Can there be complications with having an endoscopic procedure?
There are several complications possible, although these are not common. Any procedure you have done has a certain amount of risk involved but our team makes every attempt to keep your procedure safe and complication free. Possible GI endoscopy complications include perforation (making a hole in the bowel), infection, bleeding, pneumonia, reaction to medications and pancreatitis (ERCP). If you have any questions on concerns about your specific risk for complications, please talk to your physician.
Is endoscopy like surgery?
No. Even though endoscopy procedures are carried out in rooms similar to operating rooms, they are not considered surgeries. Since no incisions are made into your body and the GI tract is not considered sterile the procedure room itself is not a sterile environment.
Will I be asleep during my procedure?
The sedation used for endoscopy is called "conscious sedation". You will be awake and able to talk and move although you may not remember doing so afterwards.
What can I eat after my procedure?
Your physician will advise you what diet restrictions you may need to follow after your procedure, at least initially. First meals may need to be light but this is determined by what was done during your procedure and physician preference.