Colonoscopy in Crown Point, 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.
The board-certified gastroenterologists at Internal Medicine Associates provide colonoscopy procedures at our offices throughout Northwest Indiana. Learn more about your treatment options and call us to schedule your appointment today!
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.
Schedule Your Appointment at Internal Medicine Associates
For more information about getting a colonoscopy, contact Internal Medicine Associates by calling (219) 738-2081 today.