Colonoscopy in Northwest Indiana

A colonoscopy is a procedure that enables a physician to see the inner lining of your rectum and colon. During the procedure, a long, flexible tube with a camera is inserted into the anus and through the colon.

When To Get a Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy may be done for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Routine check for colon tumors
  • Routine check for colon polyps
  • Investigate abdominal pain
  • Investigate blood in the stool
  • Investigate frequent diarrhea
  • Routine check up if you have a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer

It is suggested that all people undergo a routine colonoscopy around age 50 and every ten years thereafter to catch polyps before they turn cancerous.

Preparation for a Colonoscopy

Prior to receiving a colonoscopy, the colon must be completely cleaned. Your physician will give you the following information to prepare for your procedure:

  • Stop eating solid foods and drink only clear fluids one to two days before the colonoscopy. Some approved foods and liquids include water, tea, coffee, cleared broths and gelatin.
  • The night before the procedure, you will take a prescription laxative tablet or solution.
  • To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of fluids while preparing for your procedure.
  • Stop drinking clear liquids three hours prior to the procedure.

Recovery from a Colonoscopy

When you are fully awake, you will be released from the facility the procedure was performed at. Patients are allowed to eat normal foods and are required to drink a lot of fluids after testing to replace the water that was lost in the colonoscopy preparation process.

For more information about getting a colonoscopy, contact your local Internal Medicine Associates by calling (219) 738-2081today.