San Jose Colonoscopy Procedure
Preventative & Diagnostic Colonoscopies
At San Jose Gastroenterology, we are proud to have over 12 years of in-depth experience with providing trusted gastro diagnoses and testing, and we are dedicated to compassionate, professional care.
We are a team of board-certified gastroenterologists and hepatologists that offer cutting-edge technology and preventative and diagnostic options for our patients.
The Colonoscopy Procedure
Colonoscopy procedures provide your doctor with a visual view of what may be happening in your digestive tract and allows for your care staff to make a diagnostic or treatment plan for your health. The colon is your large intestine and one of your body’s main nutrient absorbers, and if there are any lesions, polyps, or other abnormalities, a colonoscopy may be able to detect them.
How Do You Prepare for a Colonoscopy?
In order to prepare for a colonoscopy, San Jose Gastroenterology recommends that you prep your bowels by:
- Refraining from consuming any foods with red or purple dye
- Ingesting clear broth, tea, water, and gelatin
- Eating foods with low fiber
- Utilizing a prescribed or recommended over-the-counter laxative
Once your bowels are prepped, the colonoscopy may proceed as follows:
- You will be placed under a light sedative at the gastro office. These procedures are generally performed in-office and are out-patient procedures.
- While under sedation, you will be placed on your left side and a long, flexible tube with a light will be placed into your rectum and guided into your colon.
- Your intestine is inflated with carbon dioxide so the doctor can see all areas of the intestinal lining.
- When the scope reaches the small intestine and all videos are up to the doctor’s standards, the tube will be removed and images will be reviewed.
- Abnormalities, lesions, or polyps may be biopsied or removed. Depending on the diagnosis and your doctor’s discretion, any further actions that may be needed will be discussed at the post-colonoscopy procedure appointment.
Reasons to Schedule Your Colonoscopy
Here are some important reasons to get a colonoscopy:
- Screening for colorectal cancer: Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world. A colonoscopy can help detect colorectal cancer at an early stage when it is more treatable.
- Abdominal pain and rectal bleeding: If you have unexplained abdominal pain or rectal bleeding, a colonoscopy can help your doctor identify the cause and develop a treatment plan.
- Changes in bowel habits: If you have experienced recent changes in your bowel habits, such as persistent constipation or diarrhea, a colonoscopy can help determine if there is an underlying medical condition.
- Family history of colorectal cancer: If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may be at a higher risk of developing the disease. A colonoscopy can help detect any abnormalities early on.
- Screening for polyps: Polyps are growths that can develop in the colon and rectum. If left untreated, some polyps can turn into cancer. A colonoscopy can help detect and remove polyps before they become cancerous.
- Screening for inflammatory bowel disease: If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, a colonoscopy can help your doctor monitor your condition and detect any complications.
Call for a Consultation with a San Jose Gastroenterology Doctor
A colonoscopy is a crucial medical procedure that provides valuable insights into the health of the digestive tract, especially the colon. It plays a pivotal role in the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal conditions, contributing to better overall health and well-being.
At San Jose Gastroenterology, we can help you diagnose, treat, and discuss all the options available to you and your health. For more information and on how we can provide you with outstanding gastroenterology service and medical care, contact us!
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