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Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy services offered in Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Colonoscopy services offered in the greater Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ area

Whether you need a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer or diagnose the cause of symptoms like abdominal pain and bleeding, you can depend on Shakti Singh, MD, and the experienced team at Premier Gastro Care in Phoenix, Arizona. They have a high colonoscopy success rate, accurately detecting and removing polyps and treating colon diseases. Use online booking or call the office today if you have questions or need to schedule a colonoscopy.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to examine the tissues inside your colon (large intestine). During a colonoscopy, your Premier Gastro Care provider uses a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) that sends magnified images from inside your colon to a monitor.

They use the image to find any problems, and then they can guide instruments through the scope to treat the problem.

When would I need a colonoscopy?

You may need a colonoscopy for two reasons:

1. Diagnose and treat the cause of your symptoms

Your provider may recommend a diagnostic colonoscopy to identify the cause of symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Ongoing diarrhea or constipation
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal bloating

Your provider may diagnose many possible conditions during a colonoscopy. A few examples include colon blockages, inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulitis.

2. Screen for colon cancer

While a diagnostic colonoscopy is done after you have symptoms, a screening colonoscopy is performed before cancer symptoms appear. During a screening colonoscopy, your provider finds and removes polyps growing on the colon wall.

Colon cancer begins in polyps. Removing them before they turn cancerous prevents cancer, while removing cancerous polyps can cure the disease (if it hasn’t spread into the colon wall or beyond).

Do I need to prepare before a colonoscopy?

Yes, cleaning your colon before your procedure is essential so your provider has a clear view of the walls. You will receive detailed instructions before your procedure, but most colon cleanses include laxatives and avoiding solid foods for a short time before the colonoscopy.

What happens during a colonoscopy?

You receive intravenous sedation before your colonoscopy. The sedation helps you relax and stay comfortable, but you’ll be awake during the procedure.

Your provider examines the colon lining as they guide the colonoscope through your rectum and to the end of the colon. Then they slowly withdraw the scope, continuing to assess the colon wall and removing polyps or treating problems.

A colonoscopy takes 15-60 minutes, depending on the number of polyps and any problems treated along the way. You relax in the recovery room while your medication wears off, then your provider discusses the results.

Call Premier Gastro Care today if you have questions about colonoscopies or need to schedule an appointment. You can also click online booking to request a consultation.