Colonoscopy at Advanced Gastro Center for Patients in New Jersey
A colonoscopy is a non-surgical strategy performed by a gastroenterologist to examine the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A type of endoscopy, a colonoscopy might be accomplished for exclusively diagnostic purposes, yet can likewise be interventional, providing some treatment. Typically, a colonoscopy enables a gastroenterologist to investigate the entire large intestine, otherwise called the colon, from the rectum to the cecum.
Indications of Colonoscopy
Colonoscopies are most ordinarily performed for colorectal cancer screening. The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) currently advises that the vast majority of the population get a screening colonoscopy at age 50 and afterward at 10-year interims. In any case, individual patients may need to receive a colonoscopy sooner or more often, especially patients with a family history of colorectal malignancy or patients with specific sorts of colon polyps.
A colonoscopy has extra purposes past tumor screening. Patients are experiencing indications of GI tract bleeding, for example, low hemoglobin levels or blood from the rectum may likewise require a colonoscopy to pinpoint and address the source of bleeding.
Besides bleeding, a colonoscopy can help in the finding or affirmation of an assortment of GI conditions. These include stomach pain, diverticulitis and diverticulosis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, diarrhea, and ulcerative colitis.
A colonoscopy is quite often the same day procedure, which means you won’t have to remain overnight in the facility or hospital.
Preparation: If your gastroenterologist orders a colonoscopy, you’ll receive detailed instructions regarding preparation. These instructions may vary, and you should follow them closely, but typically you’ll be directed to perform bowel preparation and avoid eating or drinking for 12-16 hours before your procedure. These days, bowel preparation consists of taking laxatives, although an enema may also be ordered in some cases. Proper bowel preparation is essential for a colonoscopy, as your gastroenterologist will not be able to see clearly if the colon is filled with stool.
You may also be told to stop certain prescriptions, for example, blood thinners, before your colonoscopy. This is done to avoid bleeding during the procedure. Your gastroenterologist will give you more particular data; however, you ought to make certain that all of your medical providers have your complete medication list.
Anesthesia: You’ll receive some form of anesthesia before your colonoscopy. This will usually be intravenous sedation rather than general anesthesia. Although colonoscopies can be performed with no anesthesia, most patients find it much more comfortable to be sedated. You will be monitored by an anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist the entire time you’re under anesthesia.
Colonoscopy: The actual procedure begins with your gastroenterologist visually inspecting the anal area. A digital rectal examination may also be conducted. Next, experienced gastroenterologists at New Jersey Advanced Gastro Center will use a lubricated colonoscope to examine the entirety of your colon. Modern colonoscopes are equipped with video cameras and sometimes other instruments like cautery and biopsy tools.
This visual inspection of your colon usually takes less than an hour. During this time your gastroenterologist will be checking for suspicious polyps, inflammation, and bleeding. Polyps will be removed for inspection by a pathologist and any sources of bleeding controlled. Once the entire colon has been inspected, the scope is retroflexed and slowly withdrawn. This allows your gastroenterologist another opportunity to check for any potential problems.
Recovery after Colonoscopy
You’ll be moved to a recovery area after your colonoscopy to awaken from anesthesia. Nursing personnel will monitor you for a few hours to make sure you’re doing well. During this time, you may experience gas and abdominal bloating. You’ll then typically be allowed to return home, although you won’t be able to drive yourself. You may notice some rectal soreness for a day or so after your colonoscopy.
Your gastroenterologist’s office will provide you with complete post procedure instructions. These will include signs to watch for and when to call your gastroenterologist. Your gastroenterologist will likely have your colonoscopy results in a few days, although any pathology reports may take a week or more to be available. It’s important to keep any follow-up appointments you have scheduled.
Why Choose Advanced Gastro Center for Your Colonoscopy?
There are a few phenomenal motivations to choose Advanced Gastro Center for your colonoscopy in New Jersey. These include:
- World Class Facilities: When you utilize an Advanced Gastro Center gastroenterologist for your colonoscopy, you’ll receive care in cutting edge, world class offices. This means you’ll be connected to the latest in technology and receive advanced monitoring throughout and after your procedure.
- Unmatched Experience: At Advanced Gastro Center, our GI doctors are hardly novices. Rather, they all have years of experience and are board-certified in Gastroenterology. Many of them also hold dual certifications in Internal Medicine. This means they have performed hundreds or thousands of procedures and have the knowledge and experience necessary to deal with both the routine and unexpected. With Advanced Gastro Center, you can rest assured that you’re in more than capable hands.
- Advanced Equipment and Techniques: No matter how skillful the physician, the right equipment can make a big difference. Our gastroenterologists use the latest in healthcare-standard instruments and equipment during your colonoscopy, both to ensure your safety and a more accurate diagnosis. Also, our doctors never stop learning. They are always learning about the latest techniques and continuing their education to benefit you, our patient.
- Compassionate Care: Even the best educated and trained physician may appear unfeeling and cold. This is not the case at Advanced Gastro Center. Our gastroenterologists genuinely care for each one of our patients. We see you as a person, not simply a medical record number. You’ll receive kind and compassionate care during every interaction with us.