Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Colonoscopy

What is a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure to check your colon and rectum for polyps and to detect colon and rectal cancers

Who should have a colonoscopy?

How is it done?


You will be given a bowel preparation, which is done the day before the colonoscopy. This will clean out your colon. There are several different preparations available.

On the day of your colonoscopy, you will be brought into the endoscopy suite. An IV will be started and you will receive conscious sedation, or “twilight” sleep. Once you are asleep, the colonoscopy will start, and your physician will see the entire colon. You will then wake up and your physician will talk to you and show you pictures.

What happens after the colonoscopy?

You will wake up and resume regular activity and function. You cannot drive or operate heavy machinery, as you have had twilight sleep. Most people do take the day off.

How often do I need the colonoscopy?

If you have no personal or family history of colon cancer/polyps, have no findings or other disease, then you will repeat the colonoscopy every 7-10 years.

Depending on the results of your colonoscopy, and your history, you may have to repeat the colonoscopy every 1 year to every 5 years.

What are the risks/benefits of colonoscopy?

Benefits are the early detection of colon cancers, which can be removed if small. This can avoid surgery.

Risks are very low (1%), and include bleeding, pain, missed polyp, tear in the colon, and inability to complete the colonoscopy.

Contact Inova Bariatric

If you would like more information on colonoscopy procedures, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of the experienced doctors at Inova Bariatric, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information presented is only for informational purposes, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness, disease, or condition, nor is it intended to self-diagnose and self-treat any illness, disease or condition. Please consult your physician for any medical concern, question, and ailment.