colonoscopy is a test that lets a doctor look inside your colon. The doctor
uses a thin, lighted tube called a colonoscope to look for problems. These include small growths
called polyps, cancer, or bleeding.
the test, the doctor can take samples of tissue that can be checked for cancer
or other problems. This is called a biopsy. The doctor can also take out polyps.
Before the test, you will need to stop eating solid foods. You
also will drink a liquid or take a tablet that cleans out your colon. This helps your doctor be able to see inside your colon during the test.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor
if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and
keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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