A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your gastroenterologist to evaluate your colon. The test helps diagnose gastrointestinal conditions and screens for colon cancer. Nehme Gabriel, MD, and Raj Borade, MD, at Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Central Florida, are highly experienced and proficient in colonoscopy and other endoscopic procedures. To make an appointment, call the office in The Villages, Leesburg, or Brownwood Paddock Square in Wildwood, Florida, or book online today.
A colonoscopy is an exam that allows your gastroenterologist to examine the lining of your colon. During the procedure, they insert a colonoscope, a thin flexible tube with a light and camera, in your anus, and slowly advance it through your rectum and large intestine.
The colonoscope transmits images to a computer screen. Your doctor examines the lining, removes colon polyps, and biopsies abnormal tissue.
Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Central Florida has experienced gastroenterologists who are proficient at performing a colonoscopy. The surgical center and professionally trained and knowledgeable staff are top-rated and have excellent reviews as well.
Your primary care provider or gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Central Florida reviews why you need a colonoscopy during a consultation.
In many cases, the gastroenterologist performs the procedure to determine the underlying cause of gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, or bloody stools.
A colonoscopy may help diagnose various gastrointestinal conditions such as:
The colonoscopy is also the gold standard for colon cancer screening.
Your doctor provides detailed instructions on how to prepare for your colonoscopy, such as bowel prep.
The purpose of the bowel prep is to clear your colon of stool and debris so your gastroenterologist can see the intestinal lining without obstruction. It may include a clear liquid diet the day prior to your procedure and a laxative to clear out stool.
The gastroenterologists at Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Central Florida perform your colonoscopy at a local surgical center. To minimize pain and anxiety, they first administer a sedative.
Once properly sedated, your gastroenterologist has you lie on your side on the exam table and inserts the colonoscope. The entire test takes about 30 minutes.
After your colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist sends you to the recovery area and reviews the initial findings of the test with you. If you had a biopsy, they may schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results.
Once you recover from sedation, your gastroenterologist sends you home with a friend or family member. You need to take it easy for the rest of the day.
To schedule a consultation to discuss your colonoscopy with the skilled gastroenterologists, call Gastroenterology & Nutrition of Central Florida, or book online today.