Colonoscopy is used to diagnose and sometimes treat certain diseases and disorders of the large intestine, or colon. If your doctor has recommended that you schedule a colonoscopy, he or she likely believes that this procedure will provide benefit to you by ruling out or diagnosing disease. Though many patients feel apprehensive about having a colonoscopy, Dr. Farouk Tootla provides reassurance and transparency to ensure you understand what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. To schedule your colonoscopy with an experienced provider, contact Dr. Tootla's Waterford, Michigan office today.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting a flexible tube with a camera affixed to the end into the rectum and the colon. During a colonoscopy, your doctor can clearly examine the inner lining of the rectum and the colon to look for problems like bleeding, inflammation, polyps, tumors, or ulcers.
If you’re experiencing the following signs or symptoms of colorectal disease, you may need a colonoscopy in order to find what’s causing your problems:
If you haven’t been experiencing any problems, you need your first colonoscopy around age 50 (or 45 if you’re African American). Your doctor can help you determine when you should be screened.
Colonoscopy can detect cancer, polyps, inflammation, ulcers, bleeding, or tumors. If your doctor identifies any areas of concern, he or she can further evaluate those areas by taking a biopsy.
You may have to stop certain medications before the test; Dr. Tootla will let you know which medications can be taken and which can’t. You should take special care to avoid eating or drinking after midnight the night before your test.
You’ll be asleep during the procedure, which means you won’t experience any pain and you won’t remember the procedure later.
After the procedure, you’ll feel tired and a little groggy. You’ll need a driver in order to go home.
Because you’ll be drowsy after the procedure, Dr. Tootla will explain what was found during the colonoscopy to the friend or family member you’ve brought with you unless you’ve requested otherwise. You’ll also have a follow-up appointment the next day to ensure Dr. Tootla is able to share the findings directly with you. In some cases, specimens are sent out for further evaluation in the lab. These tests can take up to six days.
Colonoscopies are generally very safe, but all procedures are accompanied by some risk. Risks associated with colonoscopy include perforation and bleeding.