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Colonoscopy (lower GI endoscopy)
  What is it?
Colonoscopy is a procedure to examine the colon or large intestine for colon cancer.

Why Do I Need It?
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. and many are unaware the disease can be prevented through regular screening. Most colon cancers begin as polyps or small growths in the colon. The colonoscopy procedure is the most successful test for detecting and removing polyps and preventing colon cancer. Screening guidelines recommend routine screenings begin for both men and women at age 50.

The Preparation
It is important that you ?prep? for the colonoscopy using one of the colon cleansing processes below. The process gets your colon clean so the physician has a clear view of any cancers or polyps.

There are several options. Please click on the prep we have recommended for your procedure:

Gatorade/Miralax prep (our standard prep)

Golytely Prep

2 Day Double Dose Golytely Prep

Golytely 2 Day

Prepopik Prep

Prepopik Patient Instruction Sheet

The Procedure
While lying on your left side and after the sedation is administered, the physician inserts a long, flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope into the anus and slowly guides it through the rectum and into the colon. The scope inflates the large intestine to give the physician a better view. During the procedure, the physician can remove polyps and take samples of abnormal-looking tissue using tiny tools passed through the scope. The procedure usually takes 20 to 30 minutes.

The Risks
The procedure is generally low risk, and significant complications are very uncommon (less than 0.5 percent), but they do sometimes occur. Risks include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding
  • Perforation of bowel wall
  • Medication reactions

After the Procedure You may have a ?full? feeling that will be relieved by passing gas. You and your driver will remain in recovery until the main effect of the sedation has worn off. The physician will discuss with you, the results of your examination. Upon returning home, you may resume your usual diet. You may return to work or normal activities the following day. Learn More about Your Colonoscopy Videos: Screening for Colonoscopy: Know the Facts Colon Cancer Screening: An Easy Way to Save Your Life Website: Colonoscopy information from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Viewing all preps requires Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader installed, you may download it for free from Adobe's website.