Farouk Tootla, MD, FACS, FACCRS -  - Colorectal Surgeon

Farouk S. Tootla, MD, FACS, FACCRS

Colorectal Surgeon located in Waterford, MI

Colonoscopy Specialist

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.

Colonoscopy Q & A

by Farouk S. Tootla, MD, FACS, FACCRS

What is a colonoscopy?

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.

Who needs a colonoscopy?

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:

  • Bleeding
  • Blood in your stool
  • Unexplained weight loss or anemia
  • Abdominal pains

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.

What diseases can be detected during a colonoscopy?

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.

What should I expect during my colonoscopy appointment?

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.

When will I receive the results?

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.

What risks are associated with this test?

Colonoscopies are generally very safe, but all procedures are accompanied by some risk. Risks associated with colonoscopy include perforation and bleeding.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Dr. Farouk Tootla's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Tricare
United Healthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "From the time I entered the facility to the completion of my testing, everyone beginning with the receptionist was warm, courteous and caring."

    Verified Patient
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Tootla and staff are wonderful down to earth people. Dr. Tootla himself went above and beyond to help me!! Would highly recommend."

    Verified Patient
  • Healthgrades

    "...Having several different surgical experiences since, no surgeon has even come close to Dr. Tootla in showing genuine care and concern for me as a patient."

    Patrice M.
  • RateMDs

    "My relationship with Dr. Tootla is over 10 years or more and I find him honest, straight forward, skilled, knowledgeable, and willing to discuss any question..."

    Verified Patient
Location
Farouk Tootla, MD, FACS, FACCRS
5220 Highland Road, Suite 200
Waterford, MI 48327
Phone: 248-308-5474
Fax: (248) 335-8857
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