A colonoscopy is a safe and effective procedure used to visualize the colon or rectum. During a colonoscopy, a thin, flexible tube (colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum. A tiny video camera is connected to the end of the scope and allows the doctor to view the inside of the colon. If necessary, polyps or other types of abnormal tissue can be removed and biopsied during the procedure.

colonoscopyA colonoscopy is known as the standard of care to help detect colon cancer and removal of colon polyps. The procedure also helps diagnose and treat many disease of the large intestine.

When having a colonoscopy, your colon must be completely cleaned out in order for the doctor to visualize the digestive tract. There are several different bowel preparations your doctor will choose from to help flush the colon out. Along with a bowel prep kit, you will be asked to be on a clear liquid diet one to two days prior to the procedure. A list of detailed instructions will be provided for you at your consultation visit.